The short story

The short story - breath or “Free Body and soul free!”...

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Blake Zale 5/8/09 English- 101 The Story of an Hour The short story, The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin reveals a different way to look at the death of a loved one. In the story the main character Mrs. Mallard hears from her sister Josephine and a family friend Richards that Mrs. Mallard’s husband, Brently Mallard, has died in a train accident. Both Josephine and Richards were nervous that the news would exacerbate Mrs. Mallard’s chronic heart problems. A normal reaction to the death of a spouse would be depression, misery, sadness, and despair, but not for Mrs. Mallard. She exhibits the emotions of happiness, relief, and even excitement. She sees this not as the end of her husbands life but as the beginning of her new life, a life where she can be more hedonistic and not have to worry about the concerns of her husbands. Throughout the story Mrs. Mallard is documented saying, “free, free, free!” under her
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Unformatted text preview: breath or “Free! Body and soul free!” She is now happy that she can leave the depressing life she was living with her husband who she “…had loved him- sometimes. Often she had not.” Mrs. Mallard’s attitude rapidly changes at the end of the story. As Mrs. Mallard and her sister “descend dow the stairs… Some one was opening the front door with a latchkey. It was Brently Mallard who entered.” Brently “had been far from the scene of the accidient, and did not even know there had been one.” As he walked in, all of Josephine’s previous ambitions and new attitude towards life was suddenly taken away. It was as if the hundred pound weight that she was just relieved of was doubled. Out of the extreme pandemonium of the situation, Mrs. Mallard died on the spot of a heart disease....
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