The Story of an Hour

1203 Words Mar 26th, 2012 5 Pages
Ayodeji Ilesanmi
Ms. Pape
English 1302.626
February 23, 2012
Part One: Alternate ending to “The Story of an Hour”
“Someone was opening the front door with a latchkey, it was Brently Mallard who entered, a little travel stained, composedly carrying his grip-sack and umbrella. He had been far from the scene of the accident, and did not even know there had been one. He stood amazed at Josephine 's piercing cry; at Richards ' quick motion to screen him from the view of his wife” (Chopin, 16). Josephine rushed to the door looked at Mr. Mallard with great amazement, “Am I dreaming or in trance?” She asked, she walked around Brently in an anticlockwise manner, Brently Mallard was losing his patience, he yelled ‘’can someone tell me what’s
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Chopin concludes the original story attributing Ms. Mallard’s death to a preexisting heart condition which she later called “the joy that kills” (16). Chopin portrays an extreme disappointment at Brently’s return, and having to lose the her supposedly regained freedom, I could not connect with such ending, because even in the face of issues and turmoil in marital relationships, spouses usually would not want to lose their partners to death or any accident.
I chose to end the story in alternatively in such a way that this couple would have an opportunity to reconnect, in the original story, very little was said about Mr. Mallard which leaves reader’s with the impression that he was a uncaring, dominant and domineering husband who didn’t care as much. Even if that assumption was true based on the societal norm and culture in the nineteenth century, I’d like to show a caring part of this man as so many men would react seeing that they were losing a wife and companion to death.
The author portrays a sad portrait of marriage, well Louise Mallard seems to had been struggling with her relationship but in my alternate conclusion I tried to show some other side of Mr. Mallard that was not very well portrayed by Chopin. The end of

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