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.
At the beginning of the story Mrs. Mallard reacted with sadness when she first heard the news from her husband’s friend Richards. “She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arm” (197). However, she changed her mind when she came to her own room. She started to feel free, “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.” (198)She thought she ... ... middle of paper ... ...!”(199). Most Victorian women wouldn’t react the way she did at that time.
The author describes her joy over her husband’s death as monstrous to give the reader the idea that she feels extreme joy over an event that would normally elicit the opposite reaction in a person. The descriptions in the story foreshadow the tragedy that ends the story. The author believed unexpected things happen often. In the case of this story, Louise Mallard believed her husband to be dead, having been told this by her sister, Josephine. However, when it is revealed that her husband had been alive the whole time, she is unhappy to see him and suffers a fatal heart attack.
Mallard is alive and breathing, yet very much dead. Mrs. Mallard carrying “herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory” after hearing of what should have been the biggest upset of her life is sickening (Chopin 13). To have a “feverish triumph in her eyes” when looking forward to a future without her husband, confirms that she feels as if she has won through the loss of her husband (Chopin 14). Her heart did not beat with love and respect for her husband, as it should have. Rather her “pulse beat fast, and the coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body” at the chance to live without him (Chopin 14).
“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin shows a pessimistic aspect of marriage by showing the reader with a woman who is apparently happy to learn that her husband has died. Louise has been consumed by her marriage so much that when she learns the death of her husband, all she could think in that moment is that she finally going to be free. She no longer has to please anyone but herself. Kate Chopin applies emphasis of fear, excitement, and hope to bring her ideas of her newfound freedom and living a new future for herself. Kate Chopin was raised in the time that women did not really have any rights.
This means that they did not walk in and tell Mrs. Mallard her husband had died. They used great care to walk around the subject, to lead Mrs. Mallard to her own conclusion that her husband was now dead. (Chopin) Wiggs 2 The conflict continues in the next passage, “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away... ... middle of paper ... ...egaining her husband and all of the loss of freedom her marriage entails.
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin " The Story of an Hour " by Kate Chopin is about a young woman with a serious heart condition that finds out her husband is killed. She reacts very different to the news then a wife would react to their husband's death. She loves her husband but is not happy with her life. After the tragic news, she envisions her life as being fuller. She sees the severity of her heart condition, but prays that she will now live longer.
Once she heard about her husband 's death she imagines a whole life of freedom and a way out of a loveless marriage. Symbolism and imagery plays a huge role in this story because it used to describe the new life appearing before Louise Mallard 's eyes. First, Louise Mallard suffers a heart trouble. When Louise believes that her husband died, her heart trouble is representative of her mixed feeling about her marriage and the lack of freedom that causes her. The heart beats strongly and she embraces the idea of finally being free from her marriage.
Louise’s sister finally convinces her to leave her room and come back into reality. While Louise is walking down her steps, her husband surprisingly enters through the door because he was actually not killed in the accident. At the same moment, Louise collapses and dies, supposedly from “heart disease-of joy that kills” (Chopin 706). Many people interpret that Louise passes away from shock and disappointment from discovering her husband is actually alive. They feel that when Louise finally accepts that her husband is deceased and she discovers freedom, that seeing her husband alive causes her to get depressed, go into shock, and die.
In “The Story of an Hour” Mrs. Mallard has a heart trouble. People think she will have a heart attack if they just tell her the truth. But after they tell her that her husband is dead, she unlike many women that with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance, she just weeps once and goes back to her own room and locks the door. But after she meditates for a while, she realizes that the death of her husband can bring her freedom. And a monstrous joy appears, she knew that there would be no powerful will bending her and she could be free no matter in body and in soul.