The Story of an Hour

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The deeper meaning of Kate Chopin's “The Story of an Hour” gives the reader a sense of Mrs. Mallard’s new life after her husband’s death and is represented in many ways throughout the story. I think that Louise finally gets to experience the freedom and happiness that she’s wanted her entire lifetime but couldn’t have because of her husband being around. When she spends the hour in the chair in front of the open window, she feels a change that makes her realize that she is finally going to get her freedom. The moment Louise heard of her husband's death, the quotation “When the storm of grief has spent itself” describes the sadness she was feeling. Her reaction to her husband's death is exactly what you would expect it to be. Even after she stops crying, Mrs. Mallard knows that she will be miserable and cry again when the funeral comes. Immediately after hearing of this news, Louise’s sister tries to comfort her. Mrs. Mallard races upstairs into her room and then takes a rest in her armchair. While sitting in the chair, she gawks out of the window and goes into deep thought, which is when she starts to realize what the news of her husband’s death truly means; her freedom. The open window that Louise gazes through representing her freedom that is about to come upon her. The fact that she notices to the blue sky, fluffy clouds, and the tree tops show that she may be looking at this in a positive way, and looking forward to her new future, without any worries of her husband being around. Because she is only focusing on what is going on outside her home, you can tell that she is beside herself and not sure what she should be thinking. The open window offers a clear and happy view into the distance of Louise’s own bright future, which was blocked by her husband dominating her own life. When Louise left her bedroom, "there was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory.” This stresses her triumph over oppression and...
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