What is the metaphor in The Story of an Hour?
A metaphor (from the Greek “metaphorá”) is a figure of speech that directly compares one thing to another for rhetorical effect. While the most common metaphors use the structure “X is Y,” the term “metaphor” itself is broad and can sometimes be used to include other literary terms, like similes.
Mallard sobs quietly “as a child who has cried itself to sleep continues to sob in its dreams.” This simile shows us that Mrs. Mallard is in a dream-like state, that she feels detached from the world around her. This metaphor of freedom as almost a monster that captures Mrs. Mallard raises the tension of the story.
What is simile in The Story of an Hour?
What is the metaphor in the story of an hour? “When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone” Chopin uses metaphor on the word on “grief” because the news of her husbands death hit her all at once and then it finally died down. She came to realization and wanted to be alone.