Josephine, Mrs, Mallard's sister, along with Richard, a friend of Mr. Mallard, tell Mrs. Mallard her husband has died. Mrs. Mallard cries in her sister's arms because she is sad to hear the news.
Mrs. Mallard goes to her bedroom to take in the depressing news of her husband's death. While in her bedroom, she does a lot of thinking.
Mrs. Mallard looks out the window and thinks about the beautiful world outside and realizes at that moment that since her husband is dead, she is free.
Mrs. Mallard was happy because she did not have a strong connection with her husband and since he is dead, she gets his money and can do what she wants in her life. She is free in her body and soul.
Mrs. Mallard was coming down the stairs when she heard someone opening the front door and saw it was her husband, Brently Mallard. Mrs. Mallard was shocked because she thought he passed away.
Mrs. Mallard has had heart troubles. When the doctor arrived at the Mallard's house, he said Mrs. Mallard died of heart disease. This is symbolic because she might feel trapped in her house. When Mrs. Mallard was locked in the bedroom, it could represent one door closing but the window could represent a new door opening with opportunities.