Comparing Poems

Topics: Poetry, Life, Death Pages: 5 (1652 words) Published: February 20, 2011
“Comparing Poems & Short Story’s”

Comparing short stories with poems can be an interesting way to learn literature. Things to look for are similarities in themes, the events that take place, the meaning of the poetry, and similar emotions or outcomes from what was read. The three pieces of literary work that will be discussed and compared are Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”, Sherman Alexie’s “Grief Calls us to the Things of This World”, and Alfred Lord Tennyson “In Memoriam”. The point of this paper is to compare three literary works from our reading, after reading this essay you will have a clear understanding of three different literary works and how they are similar.

The first literary work that will be discussed is Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is a short yet multifaceted piece describing the thoughts of Mrs. Mallard. The Story is abundant with symbolism and imagery. The theme of this piece was difficult to find at first, the reader could have thought it was about love, grief, or a yearning for freedom. The most well-known theme here is the yearning for freedom. Chopin focuses on unfolding the emotional state of Mrs. Mallard, which can be separated into three stages; grief, a sense of newfound, and finally into despair of the loss of that freedom. The Story of an Hour was written in the nineteenth Century. During this particular time highly restrictive gender roles forbade women to live as they saw fit. The characters in this story are; Louise Mallard, Brently Mallard husband of Louise, Josephine sister of Louise, Richards, friend of Brently Mallard. The narrator tells a tale about a woman named Mrs. Mallard, who was afflicted with mental distress about not knowing whether or not she loved her husband and having a sense of

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guilt from wanting freedom. The narrator informs the reader early in the story of Brently Mallards train accident and the stages Louis Mallard felt in regards to her husband’s death. Chopin uses pleasant imagery of a new life to show the freedom that Mrs. Mallard begins to feel about her husband’s death. Mrs. Mallard looks through her bedroom window and observes the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious rain was in the air. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves (Clugston 2010). Nature and everything around Mrs. Mallard is full of life and joyful, birds chirping, someone singing, and even the rain, which could have been seen as a gloomy, is considered “delicious rain”. Chopin uses this setting to create the image of a positive outlook. Symbolism is used to develop the theme of identity and freedom of a woman in the story. Naming the characters is also a great example of symbolism. For example, Mrs. Mallard is the name given to the main character at the beginning of the story. Once she believes that her husband was in a train accident and is pronounced dead, she begins to look forward to a new found freedom. She is no longer Mrs. Mallard, she is now Louise. She can now be independent to make her own choices in life or what she will do with life now that her husband is gone. As she looks out of the window, Louise thinks of her marriage, her mixed emotions about her husband, and new possibilities. She whispers “free, free, free” under her breath (Clugston 2010). The idea of freedom gives her a sense of a new found energy. Mrs. Mallard loves her husband but at times she does not.

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However, her freedom is short lived. Louise has a heart condition that cannot endure the emotional high she gets from all of the emotions from her husbands death to her new found freedom. Louise sits in her bedroom exciting about life but allows death to take over her body. Josephine, Louise sister tries to get Louise to come out of her bedroom. Louise sits by the window whispering “Free Free...

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