She now has the feeling of “freedom” and is mindful that she has her whole life to spend alone in front of her and spreads her arms out to welcome it . While aware that she will weep again when she sees the “kind, tender hands folded in death”, Louise claims that she loved him “sometimes. Often she had not” but that he often held her back like men and women can often do to each other unknowingly.
Josephine, Louise’s friend, begs her to open the door in fear that she is going to make herself ill from all the emotions, little does she know that Louise had already come to terms with the event. After a quick prayer for a long life, Louise makes her way down the steps only to find her husband at the door, unaware of his “death” or the accident altogether. A bad heart could not handle “joy that kills” and Mrs. Mallard died of heart disease right there. Ironically Louise had died from the happiness of seeing Brently at the door, just after having the feelings of being finally “free”.
The use of irony that is expressed throughout “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is very misleading to the reader on Louise’s true feelings. Whether she is engulfed in sadness or feeling like a weight had been lifted from her, perhaps her husband's death being unavoidable would allow her to enjoy the rest of what she’d hoped would be a long