Critical Analysis Of Mrs. Mallard, By Kate Chopin

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The short story novelist, Kate Chopin, enlightens her readers about the reality of many married women during the 1800s. Chopin 's story revolves around Mrs.Mallard who drastically loses her husband in an accident. Throughout the story, Chopin expresses the various emotional changes that her character Mrs.Mallard undergoes. Initially a humble housewife, Mrs. Mallard evolves into a confident women when exposed to freedom. Kate Chopin launches her short story by introducing the main character, Mrs. Mallard. Mrs. Mallard is considered the protagonist, the person who the story is centered around. She is described physically as "young with a fair, calm face,.." and someone who possesses "two white slender hands" (Chopin 15), which indicates that she is a youthful, pretty women who does not engage in manual labor. In the first sentence, her fragility is revealed, "Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was affiliated with a heart trouble,". Instantly, a critical analysis should commence. Why would a young female during 1849 suffer from heart trouble? According to WebMD.com, premature heart disease is caused by stress and is prevalent in individuals who fail to have proper stress…show more content…
"She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with paralyzed inability to accept its significance" (Chopin 15). In this situation, Mrs.Mallard 's response is different. She cries instantly yet, her tears were overpowered by her thoughts. She begins to imagine a life without him, a life of liberation. At first, she was scared and her feelings made her perplex. Nonetheless, as she allows her feelings to progress the situation enlightens and she becomes overjoyed. She thinks of a life after the casket. Yes, she knows her feelings of grief will return at the funeral but she sees that as human nature. In her perspective, his passing is the door to her independence, "Free! Body and soul free" (Chopin
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