Mrs. Mallard learns of her husband's death. Her sister and friend of the husband must brake the news gently because of Mrs. Mallard's heart conditions, they do not want her heart to fail.
You're alive!? What about the accident?
What accident? I wasn't near any accident! I'm alive! I don't know what your talking about!
Mrs. Mallard runs away to her room to mourn her husband's death. This is what is aspected. In this time in history, a woman cannot live without her husband. Her life is not as dull anymore.
My sister is dead!
My wife is dead!
Mrs. Mallard's life becomes brighter, she notices new things in a new perspective, she tells herself over and over, "I'm free, free, free!".
Her sister finally gets her out of her room where she was "mourning".Mrs. Mallard "ascends the staircase as a Goddess of Victory", her husband is dead and she is "free". Although her husband is actually alive and coming home, her life is going to become dull again.
Mrs. Mallard is "free" from her husband's "rule". That is what she thought. She now is dead. The doctors say "it was the joy that kills". Only the reader knows she is dead because grief her husband is alive. Her life is very dull.
The joy that kills. I'm sorry for your lost.
You must always take advantage of your opportunities. Be a doer, not a thinker. Observe your surroundings. You want something, make it happen.