A one hour interpretation!
“The story of an hour” is the story of one hour duration in acouple’s life. A husband is dead and it is supposed that the newsof his death must be broken to his wife as gently as possible,because she suffers from a heart trouble! Her sister, Josephine,breaks the news to her in “broken sentences; veiled hints thatrevealed in half concealing”, she doesn’t react like an ordinarywidow “she didn’t hear the news as many women have heard thesame, with a paralyzed inability, to accept its significance. Shewept at once…” this unorthodox reaction foreshadows what’sgoing to happen; she is not an ordinary woman!In the third paragraph we have a reference to her storm of grief,it must be a verbal irony because as we come to understand her grief is not a storm it’s just a breeze! Then she goes to her roomalone, like the woman in the story yellow wallpaper١, theyexperience the same feeling of loneliness. They don’t wish to bedisturbed by others. In their room, they experience new things.The yellow woman experiences the freedom to creep and Louisof our story experiences a new life. She sinks in a comfortable,roomy armchair which faces an open window. The window isopen; it shows that there is a possibility of freedom for Louis.She sees the tops of trees, not their bottoms, which were allaquiver with the spring life. It’s spring time, the time of renewal;so there is a renewal in Louis’s life as well. She doesn’trecognize this sense of renewal from the beginning; it’ssomehow strange to her, it’s a new sensation. The notes of adistant song reaches her faintly, maybe it’s from her within. Her soul is singing the song of her freedom, but it is still faintbecause she is not aware of it. It was raining but now there arepatches of the blue sky showing here and there through theclouds. Her life’s the same, it was always cloudy and rainy butnow there is hope to regain freedom.After crying for seconds she feels that she is young again. Thereis a stare in her eyes on one of the blue patches, it’s thebeginning of her awakening; it’s a “suspension of intelligent”.There is something coming to her, and she was waiting for itfearfully! She is afraid of this new sensation, this change. She