Mrs. Mallard's Moment of Illumination in Story Of An Hour

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MRS. MALLARD’S “BRIEF MOMENT OF ILLUMINATION”

Mrs. Mallard’s "brief moment of illumination" is a very deep and touching story about a lady who is forced to be married to a man she did not really know and did not love deeply with all her heart, as if she is bound with unhappiness for life! Now she has been liberated. The narrator portrays that was feeling a kind of freedom that she could not describe, but does not know how to deal with it. In this essay matters such as this freedom she was feeling, the little love she had for her husband, the "monstrous joy" she was feeling will be discussed. Matters such as women’s issues and their feelings towards life and death are also included in this essay. These matters are all part of Mrs.
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Mrs. Mallard was the complete opposite of her sister. Josephine helped her sister to deal with the death of her husband, but she did not want any help or guidance on how to deal with this feeling she was feeling. Mrs. Mallard also had troubles with her heart, so these feelings were not good for her physically.

Mrs. Mallard had no freedom in the time that her husband lived. She never knew what freedom felt like. The smell, the breath, the sense of freedom… When Mrs. Mallard found out about her husband’s death, she acted strangely, a moment of shock, but was it a moment of joy? This was the inner conflict she was fighting inside of her emotions. While she was in her room, alone, she was running through her emotions. The narrator is portraying her emotions in a very clear way. Mrs. Mallard has, before her husband’s death, no power of choice and was bound to one type of life, but after the death she is released and receives freedom, but she does not know how to deal with this sense feeling, a “monstrous joy”. The society assumes Mrs. Mallard is overwhelmed with grief and sadness, while she has locked herself in her room. Mrs. Mallard’s thoughts were screaming in her mind “Free, Free, Freedom!!”, but now she is feeling as if she has abandoned herself and her husband. This brings to the story structural irony. The irony in this context is that she