The Story of a Hour

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The Story of an Hour By Kate Chopin

Although the readers and I am aware of the cause of Mrs. Mallard death,which was heart trouble, I believe that her death troubles were more then that. The readers should understand that joy of independence, oppression, and disappointment was involved in her death. It is shocking to Know that these characteristics played a role in her death until you read between the lines. When Louise hears from Josephine and Bentley of her husband's death, she reacts with obvious grief. Yet, when she is alone she begin to realize that she is now an independent women. In the text " There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself" tells me that she is finally free and independent. Also, " Free! Body and soul free! she kept whispering.", lets me know that she has been waiting for a while to be independent. Another reason why she died was because of oppression. Louise Mallard was oppressed by her husband and marriage because in those days women had no say so in who they had to marry . "And yet she loved him sometimes” shows that Louise did not get married out of love to her husband, but because she had to. Also, in the text when she receives the news of her husbands death she repeated, “free, free,free” which shows that she was somewhat pleased that her husband died. However, there is oppression because when she immediately saw her husband she felt ripped of her joy and freedom that she was feeling for only an hour.

When Louise reflects on her new independence, her heart races, pumping blood through her veins. When she dies at the end of the story, the diagnosis of “heart disease” seems legit because the shock of seeing Brently disappointments her. However, the doctors’ said that she died of overwhelming joy which is ironic because it had been the loss of joy that had actually killed her and disappointed her. The phrase "joy that kills" is a paradox, but it also ironic because...
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