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Story Of An Hour Essay

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Sherri L. WilkensEnglish 102Prof. NashelMay 12, 2014"The Story of an Hour"...Kate ChopinIn the short story "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin the narrator gives a vague description that Mrs. Mallard has heart trouble. She does not go into depth about it, but it is supposed to be the reason why she dies at the end of the story. When in reality she dies of never having the freedom that she yearned for. According to Bender, "Her understanding of the meaning of love and courtship, in particular, was altered and became more pessimistic. This attitude finds its expression in The Story of an Hour when Mrs. Mallard questions the meaning of love and ultimately rejects it as meaningless.I feel the ...view middle of the document...

She loved her husband but now she is more elated that she has this new found freedom. No more oppression of being married, having to deal with answering to anyone. She can be free to do as she please and live for her now. Mrs. Mallard daydreams about all the days and years ahead and hopes that she lives a long life. She goes into why she had reservations about her husband. "And yet she loved him-sometimes. Often she had not. What did it matter! What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being" (116). '"Free! Body and soul free!"' she kept whispering. According to Jamil, "This shows how her life would change and that she is now a new person and removed from the repressed life she faced before. No evidence is given in the story about how she is repressed, but her reaction of his death and her new found confidence and freedom is enough. This repression of herself that she dealt with has now been removed and enabled her to be free." Mrs. Mallard is reflecting on the spring days and summer days and all sorts of days that would be her own. She took a deep breath and in that moment she felt freedom. The story, according to...

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