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Walker 1Nathan WalkerProfessor HeathENGL130224 July 2016The Story of an HourIn this short story Kate Chopin tells the story of a woman, Mrs. Mallard that thinks her husband is dead. Throughout the story Chopin defines the feelings Mrs. Mallard has about the death of her husband. The feelings she felt were not ordinarily what one would expect from a grieving widow. She not only felt joy, but saw his death as an opportunity to finally live. By using different literary elements in the story, Chopin conveys this to us more then once. I felt as though Chopin wanted the readers to understand how a woman, in the time thebook was written, was obligated to her husband. She was no longer free to live her own life, but had to give up her hopes and dreams for her husband. From the time Mrs. Mallard closes the door in the story until she opens it again she was free. Chopin was using symbolism with even the chair in the room. “ There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank,” This is showing that Mrs.