Louise Mallard has heart trouble, so she must be informed carefully about her husband’s death. Her sister, Josephine, tells her the news. Louise’s husband’s friend, Richards, learned about a railroad disaster when he was in the newspaper office and saw Louise’s husband, Brently, on the list of those killed.
We have to tell you something, but just please stay calm.
Louise sits down and looks out an open window. She sees trees and smells approaching rain.
She begins repeating the word Free! to herself over and over again. Her heart beats quickly, and she feels very warm.
Free! Free! Free!
This scene relates to context because Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis, Missouri, 1850, one of five children but the only one to live through her twenties. Her father, Thomas O’Flaherty, died when she was five, and she spent her childhood among many women. In 1870, Chopin married Oscar Chopin and moved with him to New Orleans, where they had six children. Not long after the family moved to Cloutierville, Louisiana, Oscar died unexpectedly.
This image/music/scene from the text was chosen because it creates the mood and outlines the beginning of the shortstory.
This scene relates to context because Chopin mourned his death deeply but eventually embraced her independence.
This image/music/scene from the text was chosen because it shows how Louise begins to think of her feelings towards this incident.
This scene relates to context because Chopin soon returned to St. Louis, where she would spend the rest of her life writing many fiction books.
This image/music/scene from the text was chosen because she realizes how happy she is with him gone, and how “free” she is.