Kate Chopin is the author of bright, ironic, truthful and often critical stories describing the lives of women. Many readers are sympathetic to the spirit of feminism and wisdom of the author. Despite the fact that Kate Chopin lived more than a century ago, her stories are up to now appreciated by many women, who read modern fashion magazines. Among them is “The Story of an Hour” first published in Vogue in 1894. Critics have different interpretations of this narrative; however, many still specify that its main message is the idea of love and relationships. But one can agree or disagree only after "The Story of an Hour” is read through.
The main character of the story is Mrs Mallard, a married woman suffering from heart disease. Kate Chopin also introduces three characters: husband of Mrs Mallard, her sister Josephine and Richard - Brently Mallard’s best friend.
The narrative begins with a grievous scene when Josephine tells her sister about her husband's death. According to Richard, who first reported this sad news to Josephine, Brently was killed in a train disaster. It is worth mentioning that Mrs Mallard received the terrible news without a freezing horror and the inability to realise what happened like many other people do. First, she gave way to tears in her sister’s arms and then automatically went up to her room. Mrs Mallard sank into a chair in front of the open window from which came the merry singing of birds. She looked at the cloudy but very beautiful sky. There was an ordinary life outside. Spring was everywhere.
Such a contrast between the bustling life and the life of a man, which ended so suddenly, is made for good reason. From time to time Mrs Mallard was sobbing, but it was obvious that her mind is prone to thinking and not willing to grieve.Gradually the woman realised that something quietly penetrated into her life. She was afraid to admit it, but soon gave up, and repeatedly uttered the word "free". Unnatural joy swept over a still young and beautiful woman. Since then she would live for herself and no one would stop her. She admitted that she loved her husband, but still very little, and her sense of self-assertion, again and again, prompted her that her body and soul were free.
Mrs Mallard was inbreathing the air of freedom. Soon Josephine saw her sister turn into the Queen, so self-confident in movements and glance. Suddenly the front door opened and everyone saw Brently Mallard safe and sound. Mrs Mallard died of a heart attack. Her heart gave under the fatal joy. The reader is to judge what kind of joy it was – the joy of meeting her husband or fleeting happiness of personal freedom.
Kate Chopin is the author of bright, ironic, truthful and often critical stories describing the lives of women. Many readers are sympathetic to the spirit of feminism and wisdom of the author. Despite the fact that Kate Chopin lived more than a century ago, her stories are up to now appreciated by many women, who read modern fashion magazines.