“The Story of an Hour,” was about Mrs. Louise Mallard, who believed her husband was dead. Instead of grieving and crying for the rest of the evening, she was happy and overwhelmed with the number of opportunities that opened for her. One of the major themes in this story was the character’s role and responsibility. Kate Chopin wrote this short story in 1894. During this time, women were expected to do different things than they are today. Their only job was to clean the house and take care of the children. Their husbands were responsible for making the money, making most of the decisions, and being in charge of their relationship. The main character, Mrs. Mallard, felt cramped in her house and wanted to do more than stay inside and wait for her husband to come home. The open window was a symbol of freedom. The bright colors and fresh smells outside represented dreams and opportunities. When Mrs. Mallard believed her husband was dead, all that unwanted responsibility was lifted off her shoulders. She was finally able to make her own decisions for herself. Mrs. Mallard’s heart problem also played an important role in the story. When Mrs. Mallard died at the end, the doctors announced that she died of joy. In actuality, she died after her freedom was ripped away from her. This represented how oblivious society was about the lack of women’s rights. Many women were miserable and no one realized how much pain they were in.
Mrs. Louise Mallard has a heart problem. This made it especially hard on her sister, Josephine, to tell Mrs. Mallard the horrible news. Mrs. Mallard lived in a house with her husband. She had a room with a window, which looked over the tops of trees. She often looked out the window while sitting in a comfy armchair.
Mr. Mallard's friend, Richards, received news that Mr. Mallard was caught in the middle of a train accident. Mrs. Mallard fell into Josephine's arm and began to cry.
Mrs. Mallard insisted on being alone in her room. Staring out of her open window, she began to dream about this wonderful opportunity she was given by her husbands tragic accident. Although it was hard for her to admit, she finally felt free. She could do whatever she wanted whenever she wanted with no one to stop her or give her a second opinion.
Mrs. Mallard flew down the stairs only to find her husband standing by the door. He stood confused at her happy expression.
After seeing Mr. Mallard by the front door, Josephine shrieked. Mr. Mallard stood looking shocked and confused as Richards quickly moved to block his view.
As a result, Mr. Mallard wasn't anywhere near the train accident. However, Mrs. Mallard died due to her heart problem. The doctors believed the great news of her husband's return made her heart break with joy. Overall, no one was aware that she died due to unhappiness and confinement.
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