Socrates, a Greek philosopher once said: “Each one must know himself.” Unfortunately, most of us are not aware of our true character. Social conventions are the main cause making us repress what we really think and feel. Only when unexpected events happen, we do have an opportunity to take a close look at our hidden “self.””The Story of An Hour” by Kate Chopin reflects the dramatic development process of Mrs.Mallard’s character through the death of her husband; it demonstrates that the true identity cannot be sheltered forever.
At the beginning of the story, the author describes Mrs.Mallard as a woman having the distinctive trait of self-assertion which is constrained by her marriage. She seems to be the “vi
" This shows that she is not totally locked into marriage as most women in her time. Although "she had loved him--sometimes," she unconsciously does not want to accept blindly the situation of being controlled by her husband. " She is Louise and is ready to welcome a new horizon of freedom : "Spring days, and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own. Mallard proves that she is only free when her husband dies, or she herself dies. Within an hour, she is given a chance to discover her true character. Being alone in her room "When the storm of grief" is over, she experiences "something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully. ctim" of an overbearing but occasionally loving husband. At this point, she is no longer "Mrs. Being told of her husband"tms death, "She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inablity to accept its significance. " In her soul, the dark clouds are disappearing because she is illuminated. " Finally, she recognizes the freedom she has desired for a long time and it overcomes her sorrow: "Free! Body and soul free! She kept whispering. All the memories of her husband are now of the past.