"The Story of an Hour" is about Mrs.Mallard dealing with the news of her husbands "death". Mrs. Mallard has a heart condition so if she's startled she could die. Mrs.Mallard's sister, Josephine sits down with her and tells her that her husband died. Richard is also there. He is Mr. Mallard's friend, who originally found out about the accident in the newspaper quarters. Richard waited for a second source to confirm and have proof of Mr.Mallard's passing. Mrs.Mallard weeps heavily, which doesn't usually happen when women lose their loved ones. Instead of disbelieving it, she cries. This showed that Mrs.Mallard had a different way of dealing with her husband's death because of how she actually felt about her husband. Mrs.Mallard goes to her room and realizes there is something coming to her. When she finally figures out that this "something" was her feelings of joy, she realizes she's finally free. Josephine begs Mrs.Mallard to come out her room because Josephine thinks Mrs.Mallard is very upset. They walk downstairs together. Mr.Mallard opens the door which leaves Mrs.Mallard with shock. Mrs.Mallard has a heart attack and dies. An important theme throughout this short story is language and communication. Nobody knew Mrs. Mallard felt this feeling of joy besides herself. No one would ever imagine that Mrs.Mallard could be filled with joy to hear her husband's death. This is a common theme throughout each scene. In the beginning, Mrs.Mallard weeps and lets it sink in which not how most women in her position would react. When she goes to her room, she has these feelings of joy no one thought she would have. Through communication, Josephine tries to help Mrs.Mallard because she thinks Mrs.Mallard is very upset. When they go downstairs, and Mrs.Mallard dies from a heart attack, everyone most likely thought it was because Mrs. Mallard was startled and so happy to her husband instead of thinking that Mrs.Mallard was actually disappointed and overwhelmed that she would have to be around her husband still.
Knowing that Mrs. Mallard has heart troubles, the news was told to her as gently as possible. Josephine, with Richard by her side, tells Mrs.Mallard that her husband, Mr.Mallard died in the railroad disaster. Mrs.Mallard weeps upon hearing this news into her sisters arms. She went to her room.
Mrs.Mallard sat motionless, except when a sob came up her throat. There was a dull stare in her eyes but as a suspension of intelligent thought. She then realized there was something coming to her and she was waiting for it with fear. She felt it reaching toward her.
What is this odd feeling I'm getting?
Mrs.Mallard finally solves the puzzle as to what this feeling was that was trying to possess her. She had feelings of joy. She would live for herself. No man would overpower her anymore. She knew she would weep again when she would her deceased husband but she was excited for the years to come by herself.
Josephine was kneeling before the closed door. Josephine begged Louise to open the door. Louise replied, "Go away, I am not making myself ill." Louise prayed that her life will be long even though it was just yesterday that she shuddered at the thought of living a long life.
"Louise, open the door! I beg: open the door-- you will make yourself ill.
Together, Louise and Josephine descended down the stairs. Richard was waiting for them.Someone opens the door. Brently Mallard entered carrying his grip-sack and umbrella. He had been no where near the accident.
"She's probably so happy to see that her husband's alive.
Mr.Mallard was amazed at Josephine's piercing cry and at Richards' motion to screen him from his wife. The doctors came. They said she died of heart disease- of the joy that kills.
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