Thursday, May 17, 2012

"The Story of an Hour"

*Brief comment/insight
*Discussion Question

http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/webtexts/hour/

16 comments:

  1. After reading this article I thought that this woman was crazy. She seemed though she was sick and just wanted to die.

    Why was she locking herself away from people?

    Kathryn Collins
    Period 4

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  2. I believe the article shows how we are just a small art of the world. While Mrs. Mallard was crying over her dead husband, there were other people living their lives as if nothing happened.

    KC
    Per.1

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  3. This story brings forward the question, do we, as humans, need a significant other in order to live a fulfilling life? Most people would answer yes, as a partner brings companionship and love, whereas others would argue no and say being alone brings free-will. In this particular story, the lost of a loved one brings grief and depression, until Mrs. Mallard has the epiphany she is free. This brings joy to her in a way no other person could.

    Tyler King
    Period 1

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  4. I believe that the tragedy of The Story of an Hour isn't Mrs. Mallard's death, it is that her death was caused by a bright, husband-less future being torn from her with the return of her "dead" significant other. At first the shocked Mrs. Mallard fights back sobs and flees to the refuge of her room, yet it is within the locked walls that she finds her reason to live. She no longer has to share her days with someone. She is no entirely independent. Free of her burden. Yet at the sight of her former lover, the rollercoaster of emotion becomes too great. She is either too thrilled or too disappointed for her heart to handle. Perhaps her husband will take consolation that it was happiness. The omnipotent narrator instigates otherwise. The answer doesn't truly matter. Whatever whoever believes is their own personal truth.

    Stephen Perrotti
    Period 4

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  5. I was surprised at the ending. It was ironic how she was the one that ended up dying.

    Why was the thought of being alone for the rest of her life so appealing to Louise?

    Sidney
    Period 1

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  6. First off, I really hope Mrs. Baker is ok, I just read 3 depressing stories today, and I currently believe that I am sad, lonely, and possibly Schizophrenic. Anyway, I would definitely say that this story has a cause effect base to it. The main cause of this story was that her husband died. The main effect was that she died because of it. I think it really goes to prove the point of how much we need each other as human beings. We are meant to have relationships with each other and communicate with one another. Our minds are such powerful things that we could not deal with them a lone, I think that this story is a perfect example of that. In the beginning of the story every one is there to comfort her and break the news of the tragedy that has bestowed upon her life. However, than the story changes path because she becomes isolated. This right here is really the downfall in her, when she isolates her self she has no one to talk to and all of her feelings stay bottled up inside. When she needed them most, no one was there to help her, comfort her, and guide her through this tough time. That's why I feel like the ending shows that her friends and relatives were essentially to late in helping because she had already died when she isolated her self.

    Edgar Ortiz
    Period 1

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  7. Hidden underneath this story is a message about the effects of an unhappy marriage. Mrs. Mallard was feeling confined and depressed with her husband. There was no mutual love, but yet it took his death for her to feel free and independent. Women should not feel this way at all. There’s no reason to stay in an unhealthy relationship that will just feel like a burden. While the ending was ironic and surprising, maybe her death was the final straw to truly set her free.

    Kelly Du
    Period 1

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  8. All three of these stories were about women and their roles in marriage. In this story, the women is so thrilled about her husband's death because it brings her a new life. A lot of women in that time period felt trapped in their marriages because they were not able to be financially independent and they needed the support of a spouse. The death of her husband should devastate her, but instead relieves her of a life long burden.
    Marisa p.4

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  9. It was surprising to see how happy she was after realizing she was free. There were clearly problems in their marriage since she was able to get over his death so quickly.

    How do you think her husband reacted to her death?

    Kelly Loftis 1

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  10. Death often has a way of making humans think. This reaction of thinking is particularly evident in "The Story of an Hour" written by Kate Chopin which emphasizes the power and enigma of thought. Knowing of Mrs. Mallard’s heart condition it took a community effort to lessen the blow of the simple message that her husband, Brently Mallard, had died. It is within the thought of her husband’s death that Mrs. Mallard becomes overwhelmed. Moreover, it is important to keep in mind that Mrs. Mallard didn’t witness the supposed death of her husband, rather she heard of it. The hearing of these words produces a thought. This contemplation occupies her mind and becomes an obsession making her unable to divert her attention away from the state of affairs because of the overriding thought that resides in her mind. Physically, Mrs. Mallard feels the shock of death in that she was “pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach in her soul.” This effect is further emphasized in how a simple thought poses such a strong physiological response to the body, as seen in the epiphany Mrs. Mallard experiences following what she thinks to be the tragic death of her husband. It is difficult to overcome a thought that has been solidified in one’s mind, such as the death of a loved one. Perhaps it is safe to say that when reality opposes our thoughts it can be a dramatizing force powerful enough to end life.

    What physiologically and psychologically happens to Mrs. Mallard when she sees her husband alive?

    Alexander Borkowski Period 1 (Handed in Friday in Print)

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  11. Is it bad that I found the ending of this story to be immensely captivating and even a little amusing ? The character of Mrs. Mallard is sad, indeed, but I was ultimately intrigued by how Mrs. Mallard's world flips upside-down not once, but twice in this story; at first, she was distraught by the "loss" of her husband, but then she finally snaps with the knowledge that her husband is still alive after having forced vigor, joy, and meaning back into her pathetic life.
    I feel that Mrs. Mallard drove herself to insanity. I believe that she tried to squeeze out even the most twisted aspect of her current situation that could be seen as something positive; by doing this, she created a delusional world that she felt she could thrive in even without her husband. This "revelation" happened awfully quickly, as did the realization that her husband is still alive. The fact that all of this occurred so suddenly and without time to adapt to the situation ultimately sent Mrs. Mallard to her death.

    Question:
    Is Mrs. Mallard an accurate portrayal of how fragile the human mind is ?

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  12. when reading this story, I visualized how annihilated Mrs. mallard will be, and she was. I perceived how proliferate the pains in her were, i completely knew she was going to give up from such a unbelievable, but factual information. she, like every other human will feel devoid at after knowing such a thing. I had no doubts of how she was going to die, (i knew she was going to die because of the intensity of the pains).But it wasn't actually true, this tragedy ends so passionately, after Mrs. Mallard seeing her husband that she believed was death, alive, and finally gives up the ghost out of joy. It's sad how it ends, yet it tells me how delicate a heart is , and how its mode can affect our life.

    what can be Mr. mallard's reaction to his wife's death, is he the one to die in stress, and pains? i will like to know.

    sandrine amin

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