She knew that once she was at the funeral and saw the body of her once husband she would grieve and weep again, but the other part of her felt relieved. It made me think after reading this story and after I thought about it for a minute, did women who lived this way when males and females were looked upon differently really have this feeling of relief once their significant other passed away? One of the thoughts Kate Chopin wrote in “The Story of an Hour” stated, “There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature” (VCU, pg.1). Mrs. Mallard had a slight feeling of joy after the passing of her
Mallard supposed to be with her husband by his side and giving him advice she was not. This also lead to the news that they gave her husband had died and she was happy , she felt free. Her sister thought Mrs Mallard was crying in her room or very sad but she was not. “She said it over and over under her breath: Free, Free, Free!”(Kate Chopin 's View on Death And Freedom in the story Of An Hour,1).This was unexpected and weird in many ways . It was expected that Mrs Mallard was going to react differently as she really did.
On the other hand, Mrs. Mallard feels trapped and burdened by the restriction placed on her by society. Mrs. Mallard longs to be an individual who d... ... middle of paper ... ...els. When Mrs. Mallard sees her husband, the chains of bondage are thrown back onto her. The reviving and refreshing experience she has just had in her room is put out, and she dies. The doctors say that Mrs. Mallard dies "of joy that kills."
In the story “The Widow of Ephesus” by Petronius, love, loyalty and extreme behavior are translated through the actions of the widow. The widow struggles and endearment allow her to experience an array of emotions. The people view her in the purest of forms in love and chastity, as she mourns the loss of her husband. She deprives herself of all comforts out of grief, and later she is tempted by a suitor only to deny him out of loyalty. Her grief takes her to the extreme of behaviors by fasting, self infliction of pain, and even denying her maid and the soldier simple indulgences as food.
This is understood by her thoughts revealed by the narrator, “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” (Chopin, Kate). Despite having this type of love, a typical love, she was unhappy. Mrs. Mallard felt that this type of love was oppressive. It meant giving up, and never discovering, too much of herself, the author
That evidence is found in her selfish behavior after the death of her husband, Brently Mallard. Mrs. Mallard’s reaction to the sad news was natural, but her time spent to overcome her melancholy feelings passed too rapidly. All of a sudden she was eager to start her widowed life. Immediately after she heard the sad news of her husband’s death, "She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms" (Chopin 25). This is acceptable and understandable to me because I feel that anyone who had just lost his/her spouse would want to be comforted by a close family member.
It is a common belief that a woman should love her husband at all times. However, this social norm is not always true. In the short story “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, Mrs. Mallard, a woman with known heart trouble, must be told by her sister and a dear friend of her husband’s death in a train accident. After being told the news, she retreats to her room on her own to process her thoughts. At first she sits and cries in sadness for a very long time.
"The Story of an Hour," published in 1894, highlights woman self-assertion when the protagonist, Louise Mallard, rejoices after hearing of her husband's death. Unlike most women may have reacted, Mrs. Mallard does not hear the story of her husband's death "with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance," implying that her relationship with her husband was troubled. After all, she is not shocked at the prospect of being alone. On the contrary, she is jubilant once she realizes that she no longer has a husband to impose on her (Hicks). She envisions "a long procession of years that would belong to her absolutely."
Mrs. Mallard 's Change Of Thought In the short story “The Story Of An Hour” by Kate Chopin Mrs.Mallard has been brought with the news of the death of her husband, and is now alone. Mrs. Mallard is naturally shocked at the situation and begins crying into her sister 's arms. Mrs.Mallard goes to a room to be alone, but after some time she slowly realizes that the death of her husband is actually a blessing rather than a curse. Mrs.Mallard is seen changing from a depressed widow, to a women that is ready to embrace her newfound independence. Mrs.Mallard is now depressed, and alone after hearing the news of the death of her husband.
The doctors thought “she had died from heart disease-of joy that kills.” However, she didn't die from the joy of getting to see her living husband but from losing her future filled with freedom. Most women in Mrs Mallard’s situation were expected to be upset at the news of her husbands death, and they would worry more about her heart trouble, since the news could worsen her condition. However, her reaction is very different. At first she gets emotional and cries in front of her sister and her husbands friend, Richard. A little after, Mrs. Mallard finally sees an opportunity of freedom from her husbands death.