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mmediate duty to grieve over her husband’s death as depicted in the line “She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms.” Mrs. Mallard, however, escapes the face of agony right away upon entry to her room, as though it were a private world of all unseen hopes.
Apparently, the room represents another dimension consisting of objects that symbolize what Mrs. Mallard has long yearned for and Chopin illustrates this in the phrases “new spring life”, “delicious breath of rain”, and “countless sparrows” twittering. While part of her consciousness has fully absorbed the thought that she is expected to mourn for a major loss, she is being spontaneously consumed by something that makes her exclaim “free, free, free!” and “Free! Body and soul free!” in a rather cautious mumbling gesture which is altogether understood by herself alone. In that realm, the moment of illumination leads the widow to cherish mixed conflicting emotions where she obtains a sense of certainty toward a much desired fate – the return to singlehood and freedom. Chopin proceeds to enumerate the attributes that recollect the state of youth of Mrs. Mallard, stating “She was young with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength.” These details may be claimed as necessary in order for the character of Louise to emerge out of Mrs. Mallard and exhibit some sharper manifestation of hope for liberation despite lack of concrete evidences to support the idea that the passing away of Brently amounts to the happiness of Louise. This hope eventually shatters when Mr. Mallard comes back alive, contrary to the previous belief, so that his presence causes the irony of his wife’s diagnosis where “the joy that kills” is actually a metaphor that means “the joy that has been killed.”
Women of the 1800s lived in societies that were sexist by nature. Most opportunities in and out of an industry employed men for a variety of
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Mrs. Mallard is, in a sense, a victim of her circumstances. However, she is a woman who thinks beyond her problems and would finally have had the freedom that she longed for had her husband not shown up. "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin is a story about the plight of women at a time when men were the only ones who were seen to be important.
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