The Story of An Hour
by Kate Chopin
Element of Fiction : Setting
The setting of this story is the most important element of fiction. It happens during an hour in the 19th century in an American home. This setting allows us to connect with the characters, specially with the protagonist Mrs. Mallard .The setting illustrates the plot, symbolically narrating where and what is going on in Mrs. Mallard mind after she finds out her husband is dead. Although the story happens inside her two stores house, it is in the privacy of her room that the author leads us through Mrs. Mallard's more intimate moments.
In the first paragraph we are informed of her heart trouble and we understand she must have spent a lot of time by herself in that room. We feel that she has been weak, oppressed and living a sad life with a husband that “she sometimes loved, but not often.” She must have gone to that same room, with that same window and same chair many times before but today it seems a different scenario for her. She feels different . The window and “the comfortable, roomy arm chair into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion... that seemed to reach into her soul.” I wonder how many times she looked through that window without seeing what she is seeing now. She looks at the trees blossoming with new spring life, just like her own life is blossoming now. Through that window she sees her new self in every detail. The “patches of blue sky showing here and there thorough the clouds” are the indicators of a “blue sky” new life for her. No more clouds. No more oppression. Through that window, she felt it “ creeping out of the sky, reaching toward her through the sounds, the scents, the color that filled the air.” She is now free. “There will be no powerful will bending hers.” She is not quite sure yet of what is going on in her heart , but she began to recognize it. She is free to live the way she wants. Louise allowed herself during that hour, to...