The Story of an Hour
The Story of an Hour Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Language and Communication
In "The Story of an Hour," how you tell someone what happened is almost more important than what actually happened. The biggest concern isn't whether someone lives or dies, it's how you tell a pers...
Freedom and Confinement
At first, freedom seems like a terrible thing to Mrs. Mallard, who's restricted in lots of ways: through her marriage, by her bad heart, and even inside her home, which she doesn't leave during "Th...
The events in "The Story of an Hour" happen quickly, and the author herself does not mince words in relaying them. Yet it seems like life can change drastically, and a person can change dramaticall...
Death is so powerful in "The Story of an Hour" that even news of someone else's death, if told the wrong way, can be lethal. Finding out someone hasn't died can be almost as powerful, and deadly, t...
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