In the short story, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, we meet Mrs. Mallard, a married woman with a heart condition. As the plot unfolds, her sister, Josephine gently tries to break the news that Mrs. Mallard’s husband, Brently Mallard, has died in a train crash. Within an hour of this news, Mrs. Mallard experiences a variety of emotions. Although he was a kind man, she begins to feel relief that she is free from someone else’s demands and is looking forward to her new life.
Mrs. Mallard admits that although she loved her husband most of the time, she felt joyful that the coming years would belong to her. She experiences a rebirth and there are many symbols throughout the story which we can infer that she is looking forward to starting life over. For example, as she weeps, she starts to gaze out the window, and notices things outside. As stated in the text, “She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves.” First, spring life and rain symbolize rebirth. Next, someone singing and the birds twittering are actions of free beings. The peddler that she notices is a sign of a person traveling place to place without obligations. Even the open window symbolizes her new opportunities ahead for her. Her freedom and the chance to start over is what is currently giving her joy.
At the end of the story, we learn that Mr. Mallard is not dead, since he was never on the train. Sadly, Mrs. Mallard goes into shock and dies. The doctor said she was overjoyed to see him and her heart couldn’t take it. We know that she really dies because she lost her hope of new opportunities and the new life or rebirth that she could have had.
In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, there is a woman named Mrs. Mallard. She has a very fragile heart. When she hears that her husband dies, she is devastated. She locks herself in her room while grief takes over her body. Suddenly Mrs. Mallard experiences a strange feeling of euphoria. During that moment, she whispers, “Free! Body and soul free!” as if she is possessed. A feeling of immense happiness has filled her mind and soul. Mrs. Mallard spoke that phrase in a way that strongly showed how liberated she felt. Even though her husband died, she becomes excited when she finds out how a relationship/marriage no longer burdened her.
Mrs. Mallard indeed loves her husband. The pain she felt over his death proves it. However, after realizing that she is now an independent woman, she is overwhelmed with joy. Sure she loves him, but she also loves the idea of being free. The feeling of breaking free from a life-long bond allows her to explode with happiness. An evidence is, “There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow – creature.” Without a spouse, she doesn’t have to worry for or about another person. Mrs. Mallard will be able to do whatever she desires without someone holding her back.
Also, Mrs. Mallard is a very open person. The reason for her constant heartbreak is because of how sensitive and welcoming she is. If she closes herself off, she wouldn’t have to experience upsetting events. For example, if Mrs. Mallard didn’t have anyone close to her heart, she wouldn’t have had to experience mental and emotional pain. If there is no one to care about, the only person to care about is herself. Now that Mrs. Mallard’s husband is dead from what she heard, she is open to something new. Instead of moping over his death, she is letting joy take over every inch of herself. An example from the text is, “No; she was drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window.” In conclusion, Mrs. Mallard kept whispering how she was free because of the weight that is now off her shoulders. She is not welcoming pain, but she is welcoming joy with open arms.
The short story “Chaser” by John Collier is about two men, one named Alan. The men in the story are trying to make a deal. Alan wants a love potion, but is shocked that it only cost one dollar compared to the other potions that cost five thousand dollars. The old man, who is selling the potions, decides to charge one dollar for the potion because he wants to make it affordable because it is a drug and wants Alan to buy it. Alan not only plans to buy it, but plans to use it on someone as well, which shows that he is a bad person.
I think that the potion is a drug is because in the short story it says, “Give one tiny measure of this to the young lady-its flavor is imperceptible in orange juice, soup, or cocktails- and however gay and giddy she is, she will change altogether.” This quote proves that the potion is tasteless, colorless, and flavorless, which means that it can go in almost anything and how it will also change the way she acts. There is a drug known as Rohypnol, which is used to make people lose control of their mind and body. Alan wants to give this “potion” to his friend Diana. This is showing that he isn’t a good and genuine person and has to use manipulative ways to get what he wants. Therefore, this is proving that Alan is a challenged man who needs to get what he wants no matter the cost.
Another reason I think that Alan is a bad person is because he wants to buy the potion and give it to a girl named Diana to get her to fall in love with him. He gets confused though, when the old man tells him that the potion only costs one dollar. Even though it makes him question exactly what the old man is selling, it doesn’t stop him from buying it. “She will want nothing but solitude and you” This quote means that the potion will change her and her feelings towards him. This proves that the love potion is a drug because it makes Diana do whatever Alan wants, for the sole reason that she is “head over heels in love with him”. Alan is able to give Diana the potion without being phased by it, or thinking that what he is doing is a bad. I think that he either doesn’t realize exactly what he is doing or that the consequences of his actions.
In conclusion, I believe that the love potion is just a code word for a drug that is going to be given to Diana from Alan. The is explaining that Alan would be willing to pay any price for love.
The short story, “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, is a tale about a character named Mrs. Mallard, who has a heart condition. As the author continues, there is an awful train accident and we are led to believe that her husband, Brently has been killed in the wreck. The story explores the series of emotional changes that Mrs. Mallard feels, as she is processing the news of her husband’s death. At first she sobs, but then she welcomes the idea of her life without him. She realizes that she will no longer be burdened with her husband’s will and she longs for the days she can be free and in control of her own life.
Throughout the story, the author chooses words that reflect imagery, which supports the theme of Mrs. Mallard’s desire for freedom. When the author states, “She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves.” The imagery in this paragraph implies a happy new life without her husband. For example, the window is symbolic of her opportunities that are “open” to her because she is no longer is tied to her husband. The flying birds represent her freedom because of how care-free they are. The twittering sparrows also represent how excited she feels. The imagery of the blue skies peeking through dark clouds leads us to believe that happy times are ahead for her. Even the peddler that she notices could imply her desire to travel from place to place. Lastly, the imagery of the rain and spring life suggests that the life ahead will be her rejuvenation, as things come to life in the spring time.
Although Mrs. Mallard never got to experience her new life, free of an oppressed marriage, her death set her free. While death was not what she was expecting, she, in the end, was set free from all her responsibilities. Perhaps what was coming for her from the sky was a sign that her freedom in the form of death was near. She ultimately could not “beat it back”.
In the story, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, a woman named Ms. Mallard is informed her husband supposedly had recently passed on from a tragic railroad disaster and, of course, she is quick to feel grief and sadness over his passing. But during a dramatic scene she seems to act quite peculiarly as she opens the window to feel, see, and smell the outside world from her dim and depressing room.
I think the opening of the window that caused her behavior is signaling her acceptance of her thoughts and feelings of her future freedoms without being held down by marriage.
“When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under her breath: ‘free, free, free!’ The vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright. Her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body.”
This quote describes the aftermath of her opening the windows and being exposed to the smells, sights, and sounds, she abandons “herself” which I think was her old, saddened and restrained self from her marriage and begins to accept freedom as it shows itself and its possibilities as it is revealed through the open window. Not to mention her verbally saying ‘free, free, free!’ in a seemingly excited and almost accepting manner, as well as the look of terror and her blood rapidly coursing ceases. She repeats the word “free” because she is happy that her marriage is over and she is finally free from it.
“But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.”
This quote explains that Ms. Mallard, while acknowledging the supposed passing of her husband, is willing and happy to accept her long life without being held down by the strain of marriage, as her physical body shows as she “opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.”, “them” being her future freedom and possibilities later in life which she is welcoming it with open arms.
In the short story “The Chaser” by John Collier, a man named Alan goes to an old man’s house who sells various potions. He is seeking a love potion to make his dream girl, Diana, love him. Alan wants a relationship with Diana even though it is based off a lie because he is manipulative and selfish.
Alan is buying this love potion from the old man and planning on giving it to Diana when she does not know. In the story it says, “Give one tiny measure of this to the young lady-it’s flavor imperceptible in orange juice, soup, or cocktails- and however gay and giddy she is, she will change altogether.” (Collier). Alan is being manipulative by going behind Diana’s back and essentially changing her life without her knowing. The quote implies that the effects of this potion will cause her personality to change completely and she will be unaware. Since Diana does not like Alan back, he feels almost powerless. Alan turns to manipulation to get Diana’s attention because of how small he feels. Even if the relationship will be completely false, Alan is satisfied because he gained Diana’s devotion.
Alan does not take Diana’s feelings in consideration when buying the potion, as he only thinks about what he wants, not what he is doing to Diana. The author says, “ ‘She will, when she has taken this. She will care intensely. You will be her sole interest in life.’ ‘Wonderful!’ cried Alan.” (Collier). Alan is selfish because Diana does not like him back. He probably feels that he must do anything he can to have Diana like him. He does not care that Diana will be changed, as long as it benefits him. Since he wants this relationship so bad, he tends to consider only what he wants, not what is best for Diana, his love.