What is important about the title the story of an hour?
It was later reprinted in St. Louis Life on Janu, as “The Story of an Hour”. The title of the short story refers to the time elapsed between the moments at which the protagonist, Louise Mallard, hears that her husband, Brently Mallard, is dead, then discovers that he is alive after all.
What really killed Mrs Mallard?
They say she died of “heart disease–of joy that kills” (11). In one sense they are right: Mrs. Mallard has for the last hour experienced a great joy.
Why is the story of an hour ironic?
The irony in “The Story of an Hour” is that other characters mistakenly attribute Mrs. Mallard’s death to her shocked elation that her husband Brently is alive. Supposedly killed in a train accident, Brently suddenly appears at the end of the story.
What does the story of an hour teach us?
“The Story of an Hour” deals with the role of women in marriage, and this does reflect Chopin’s own opinions on the plight of women in society with respect to their roles in marriage. It can certainly be seen that a she might have felt like her protagonist during her marriage.
What does the joy that kills mean?
Mallard is described as “of joy that kills”. Is this statement describing that after realizing her husband was still alive Mrs. Mallard had a heart attack and died or the shock and disappointment from discovering her husband was still alive caused her to have a heart attack and die?
What does the ending of the story of an hour mean?
At the end of this story, Louise Mallard drops dead when she sees her husband enter the house. The doctor and other characters presume that she has been overcome with “joy that kills” since she had been told that Brently, her husband, was killed in a train accident.