The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

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“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin involves a woman, Louise Mallard, with heart disease discovering news of her husband 's death in a train accident. At the end of the story, as Mrs. Mallard is walking down the steps with Josephine and Mr. Mallard walks through the door. Mrs. Mallard died as a result of stress on her heart. The narrator reports, “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease-- of joy that kills” (181). Chopin makes this quote the last line of the play; this leaves readers with the question of what actually killed Mrs. Mallard.The doctors think that Mrs. Mallard died because of the joy of seeing her husband again. However, Mrs. Mallard dies because of the shock of seeing her husband and sadness from realizing that the joy she felt was over. So in reality, Mrs. Mallard died of heart disease—of sorrow that kills. Some reasons Mrs. Mallard felt so much sorrow when she saw Mr. Mallard are the time period, her loveless marriage, and her being robbed of the joy she felt.

The Story of an Hour” was published in 1894 during this time women started to fight more for their rights. Women didn’t have near the same rights as men because of the patriarchal society of the time. This patriarchy has a major effect on the story because women were seen as the property of men. Mr. Mallard’s death gave Mrs. Mallard an opportunity at being independent and free. When Mrs. Mallard receives the information that her husband is dead, she goes to her room to

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