“The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin is about Mrs. Mallard, a lady with heart troubles who

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“The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin is about Mrs. Mallard, a lady with heart troubles who is married to Brently Mallard. At the beginning of the story, her husband’s friend Richards and her sister Josephine informed Mrs. Mallard that a railroad accident had killed her husband. After she had received the news, she then went by herself in her room alone (Chopin 337). The story then goes on to say, “When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it repeatedly under her breath: “free, free, free!” Later on, it states she said “Free! Body and soul free!” Her sister was begging her to let her in, but Mrs. Mallard refused. When Mrs. Mallard finally came downstairs, someone was opening the…show more content…
(Evans 1). My next source discusses the emotions that took place throughout the short story. When informed about her husband’s death, Mrs. Mallard is unaware to the beauty of life breaks down under the powerful impact of emotion. She thinks it worthless to continue her existence (Jamil 216). In the story the narrator states, “It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long” (Chopin 338). The narrator also points that Mrs. Mallard is not struck, as “many women” have been, by “a paralyzed inability” to accept the painful sense of loss. This “storm” that “haunts her body seems to reach her soul” ultimately purges her of the sufferance of a meaningless life, as it becomes motivation that leads to her new freedom (Jamil 216). Mrs. Mallard’s heart trouble is not so much a physical disorder like the characters of the story think. It actually is a sign of a woman who has surrendered her heart to the culture of paternalism. The physiological outlook of her heart condition looks as if a result of the burden of allowing an individual’s powerful will to overlook and smother her own will. Mrs. Mallard set aside the social aspect of the world and allowed her individuality to develop (Jamil 216). Throughout the story, the narrator says “a monstrous joy” and “Free! Body and soul free!” which shows us her new emotional freedom is awakening her mind (Jamil 217). Chopin shows that through Mrs. Mallard watching the nature and engaging in

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