Analysis Of Mrs. Mallard In The Story Of An Hour

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Death’s Loving Embrace
“Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom,” this quote written by the famous nineteenth-century poet, Rabindranath Tagore, highlights the underlining belief: if one loves or is truly loved it will free them in body and soul. In the Story of an Hour, it’s brings to light the death of someone who shares a bond with several, modest people. Billy Mallard is a husband, a son, and a friend. Yet, instead of his passing remaining an unfortunate incident his wife, Mrs. Mallard, is opportunistic and turns it into a joyous occasion. However, she finds that he’s alive and as their meet eyes again for the last time, their union embodies the phrase “death do us part.” Mrs. Mallard earns her escape at the helm of the death’s one-way-trip. Within the Story of an Hour, Mrs. Mallard embodies the classic form of a non-sympathetic character: she shifts to joy about her husband’s death quickly, she has a lack of concern for others who are grieving, and her glee at her future solo endeavor.

In death, usually one recalls moments with the deceased, yet Mrs. Mallard alters her sadness to joy rather quickly. Mrs. Mallard is a woman of privilege; she doesn’t have to do hard labor, since she has “two white slender hands” (Chopin 235). This means that she isn’t in an environment that has a lot of dangers around her, and women in the nineteenth century usually stay in their homes. She wouldn’t have gotten the chance to become desensitize to the concept of death. As a
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