Doctors Explanation in Kate Chopin´s The Story of an Hour

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In the story “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, the main character Louise Mallard had a heart condition that soon lead to something unimaginable. Her family just recently found out her husband has died and they have to tell her calmly or else she would have a dangerous rapid heart beat. When she heard the news of her husband, she became very depressed but then felt joy that overcame her that no reader would have guessed. Then suddenly her husband walked through the door. When she saw him she died immediately. A doctor came in and said that she died from joy. The doctor’s explanation for Mrs. Mallard’s death was inaccurate due to her joy of being free after he died, her happiness after she thought he died, and her sadness when she saw her husband walk in the door.

In the story Mrs. Mallard experienced a sudden joy after the news of her husband’s death. She started to realize and think of all of the benefits she will because her husband is gone. “It was not a glace of reflection, but rather indicated a suspension of intelligent thought” (332). This quote describes that Mrs. Mallard is becoming more joyful. She is starting to think differently about her husband and this describes that her thoughts are changing. Mrs. Mallard also experienced physical joy and happiness after receiving news of her husband’s death. “Now her bosom rose and fell tumultuously. She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to posses her, and she was striving to beat it back with her
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