Emotions In The Story Of An Hour

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Kate Chopin’s short story “The Story of an Hour,” Mrs. Mallard is informed that her husband dies in a train accident. She grieves, and then later has a moment of clarity and after this clarity she dies of “joy that kills.” In the short story, one question arise, “What emotions develop when a significant-other passes away?” The way Kaplan treats this question in the story clouds the understanding of the story, as there are three emotions with one that conflicts with the others.
With any death of a significant-other, the first two emotions that are felt in the story is grief and isolation. These emotions are clearly laid out as Mrs. Mallard “wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms.” Eventually “the storm of grief” rains
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