The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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In “The Story of an Hour”, by Kate Chopin (Kennedy X.J., The Bedford Guide for College Writers, 2011, p. 280-282), it introduces a woman that lives in the final hour of her life. Within this hour, Ms. Chopin sends the central lead, Mrs. Mallard on a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows, and self-realization, with the dreadful notice that she has received. The sorrow she feels is remarkable because her husband was the only one who was living for her, as a couple they were codependent on each other. As the sadness and pain slowly goes, she finds herself in extreme euphoria, when her brief “celebration” came to a screeching and final standstill when she, Mrs. Mallard, witnesses her alleged deceased husband standing in their doorway, alive and well. The author’s short story ends abruptly with the death of Mrs. Mallard, herself, causing her readers to figure out the true reason behind her unannounced death.
When I first read this short story, my initial thought about her was that she was an elderly woman. However, as I read on it was brought to light that she is in fact a younger woman, “with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength.” (Kennedy X.J., p.280). This is the first situation where something doesn’t appear as it should. A young woman, like Louise, should not be the type to have heart disease and a dead husband, but that is what has taken place in the story. Because of her affliction, her sister, Josephine, and her husband’s
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