Story Of An Hour Mood Analysis

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The surprise of disturbance The Tone and mood are very important aspects of any story. They both deal with the emotions that are centered within a story, and allow the reader to mentally sense the emotional change. In the “The Story of an Hour” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” the tone and mood are established from the very beginning. The authors accomplished this through word choice and sentence structure that left subtle hints for the reader. Both achieving the goal of establishing a set of emotions and tones that grab the reader by surprise in ways that are very different from each other. In “The Story of an Hour” Kate Chopin set a mood that was both depressing and joyful. From the beginning of the story the main character Louise finds out that…show more content…
The mood is introduced by the women herself who is the first person narrator through her descriptions of the setting. The isolated summer home that her and her husband have gone to is “ancestral,” and “haunted” in her imagination. There is “something queer” about the summer home (76). It “came cheaply,” and she believes that there is a reason for it. “I am afraid, but I don’t care- there is something strange about the house- I can feel it” (77). She mentions the feelings that she feels towards the house to her husband but he seems to shut her down every time and tells her that she is feeling “a draught” (77). As she becomes more familiar with the house, and moves into the nursery she begins to notice things that hint out to the reader that the eerie mood will slowly be intensified and altered. The women develops a close relationship with the reader by being very intimate with her thoughts and emotions. As the reader continues through the story the eerie mood is gone and is transitioned into a mood of restlessness. The women begins to feel very alone, and helpless because no one listens to her or takes her seriously. She feels doomed because she’s not allowed to socialize with anyone. She is being held prisoner by her husband and is not allowed to see her baby or any relatives until she gets well. All she wants is to get up and do something around the house because she believes that it will help her get better. “Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good. I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus” (76). She also wants someone to talk to about her writing and how she feels about her sickness “It is so discouraging no to have any advice and companionship about my work” (79). As time goes by and her restlessness grows she begins to focus her attention towards the

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