“The Story of an Hour” Foreshadowing, Ironies
by Rachel L.
January 28, 2008
There are many examples of foreshadowing in the “Story of an Hour.” Right away in the first paragraph the author mentions Mrs. Mallard’s heart trouble. In paragraph four Mrs. Mallard feels it is necessary to rest, as it is noted she feels tired inside and out. In paragraphs five and six she is deeply observant looking outward and hearing things of life. In paragraphs eight through ten she is initially suspended in thoughts of looking outward and inward, she can only stare, she is feeling a range of emotions. Then she really begins sensing something approaching her that she wants to fight. I think this could very well be death. Her erratic breathing around this time could also be contributed to her heart troubles. In paragraphs eleven , twelve, and sixteen she is wrapped up and content with being Free. Body and soul free, which many of us including myself have imagined death to be like. Her perception and joy are heightened. I also have imagined myself that just before death things become clear, on a different level.
The entire poem was ironic, in that she felt a true desire to live just before her death. And although I could find the foreshadowing after reading the story I surely could not have guessed the ending.