Mrs. Mallard, the main character of the story, is first introduced with having a weak heart condition from her doctor. This is very heart breaking news that affected her and her sister.
I have returned home from my trip!
I thought he was dead...
Unfortunately, Mr. Mallard was at work and has died in a train accident. Mrs. Mallard lost her only husband that she lived with.
Instead of mourning over her husband's death, Mrs. Mallard is filled with joy and happiness like never before. Without her husband she is free from being trapped for so long she just can help her enthusiasm.
When everyone thought Mr. Mallard was dead, he comes walking through the door and leaves everyone in complete shock. Especially Mrs. Mallard who finally felt free from his presence.
Not only did Mr. Mallard give the his wife and her sister a shock, but ended up giving Mrs. Mallard a heart attack. This heart attack led to her death, "a joy that kills."
This story shows how relationships and regular living really impacted your life at this time. Death is usually not something to be taken as an excitement, rather truly heart breaking. To see this reaction shows how trapped and unhappy these relationships could be.