Literary Analysis of Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” Even though Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” are written in different centuries, both short stories have a meaningful theme, plot, characterization, setting and narrative point of view…
Even though “The Story of an Hour” and “Everyday Use” employ different themes and narrative points of views, both stories use a strong plot, setting and characterization that contribute to a better understanding of the texts. Both stories have very explicit and relevant plots that help readers comprehend the main aspects very easily. In Chopin’s story, the narrator’s introduction of Mrs. Mallard and the reference to her health issues prepare the reader to the unfolding of the story: “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death” (Chopin). This sentence sums up the whole story and informs readers of Brently Mallard’s death; however, what follows comes as a surprise because instead of mourning her husband’ death, Louise seems to enjoy it. Even though she cried when she heard the news, right after that she started to plan her future. Commenting on Mrs. Mallard this article informs: “If immediately after learning of the death of her husband Louise had gone through a rapid logical process leading to a celebration of her total freedom, she might have seemed to be a hard, calculating, and therefore unsympathetic woman” (Deneau). ...
The contrast between Dee and Maggie is overwhelming and reflects their different personalities. Mama as the narrator of the story dramatizes the difference even more: “Have you ever seen a lame animal, perhaps a dog run over by some careless person rich enough to own a car, sidle up to someone who is ignorant enough to be kind to him? That is the way my Maggie walks” (Walker). This pitiful description is the image Mama has about her daughter. Injured when the house they used to live in burnt down, Maggie still carries the impact of the accident with her. Mama explains her physical difference with her sister: “Dee is lighter than Maggie, with nicer hair and fuller figure” (Walker). This physical difference is closely related to their different personalities. This statement reveals: “We must remember from the beginning that the story is told by Mama; the perceptions are filtered through her mind and her views of her two daughters are not to be accepted uncritically. Several readers have pointed out that Mama's view of Maggie is not quite accurate” (Farrell). Indeed. Regardless of the lack of physical beauty Mama perceives, Maggie has an inner beauty that her mother fails to grasp. Moreover, in “The Story of an Hour,” Mrs. Mallard’s ephemeral mourning gives way to enjoyment when she realizes the opportunity of freedom her husband’s death represents for her. She may not have considered herself a victim before nor did she anticipate or even plan her husband’s death; however, now that he is dead she decides to take fully advantage of her time. Analyzing Louise’ sudden change the narrator argues: “There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She did not know; it was too ...
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daughters was an educated and independent minded individual whilst the other was a fairly unattractive rural dweller who had lived with the narrator all her life. This paper examines the literary components of the story and discusses the plot, characters and context within