“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin
In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, Mrs.Mallard is in a fragile state as her sister, Josephine, breaks the news to her that her husband has passed away. When Mrs.Mallard first heard the news she tried her best to keep to herself and contain her emotions. As soon as Mrs.Mallard entered her room she felt free. “She said it over and over under her breath ‘free, free, free!”’(Chopin) She welcomed his death and felt as if she was a bird that was set free. I believe that Mrs. Mallard did love her husband. There was once a point when she did love him, but after years of being married to the man she felt trapped. In the beginning of the relationship she loved him, and always will, but she needed the room to spread her wings and also experience on her own. “She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death; the face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead.” (Chopin) If Mrs. Mallard did not love the man she would not weep his death, she would merely bat an eye and continue on. She grew accustomed to being with her husband, and loved being with this man, but she would often find herself being bound to him by her vows. She loved the man in the sense that she was married to him and was with him forever. “And yet she had loved him-sometimes. Often she had not.” (Chopin) Not only did Mrs.Mallard love him, but the fact that her vows of death do us part was fulfilled, she passed away happily. It was as if she fulfilled her part of the deal and could pass on without any loose ends or guilt. She died knowing that she did her best loving this man throughout their whole marriage and not failing.
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