The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

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In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, a woman receives the news about her husband’s death. The protagonist is Louise Mallard, she is at home with her sister. It seems that Mrs. Mallard is never alone because of her “heart trouble”. Close relatives always try to take care and keep her safe and healthy. People know about her health condition, but no one knows what is happening in her mind and spirit, and no one knows that her “heart trouble” is not only physical but also emotional. Louise has the opportunity, for the first time in her life, of living with freedom because now the man who rules her life is gone. Louise Mallard is born again, and she starts a short but glorious moment that gives her a true life sense and liberty, but then it is ended with the presence of her husband who comes back to kill the new Louise.
Louise’s first reaction after hearing the news is the key to understand her personality, and how she is letting her emotions come out to give life to the new woman. Mrs. Mallard is very emotional because she suddenly starts to cry, but she is not afraid as many women might be facing this situation. According to Kate Chopin, “When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her”. Louise needs space and privacy to assimilate what is happening. She does not want anybody follow her because it is the special moment that she was waiting for. She was not waiting for her husband’s death but her freedom, so it was

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