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.
The woman (Mrs. Mallard) eventually died of shock because she had lost her newfound freedom. The ending of the story portrays the society in which women had less freedom than men. According to the beginning of the story as Kate Chopin wrote “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with heart trouble” (197), the stereotype is that women were supposed to be weak, timid and hysterical. And this also foreshadows the ending which Mrs. Mallard died because she had a weak heart. At the beginning of the story Mrs. Mallard reacted with sadness when she first heard the news from her husband’s friend Richards.
She sees the severity of her heart condition, but prays that she will now live longer. This story is more about her realization of her existence and her beginning to cope with her dieing rather than being completely about her husband dieing. When her friends and family tell Mrs. Mallard of the tragic news they try to tell her as gently as possible because they know she has a very serious heart condition. She hears that her husband has been killed, but reacts in a strange and unusual way. She does not give herself time to think upon the subject, but immediately starts sobbing because that was the reaction she thought she should give.
She seemed to love him, sometimes. She had some kind of "heart trouble" (Chopin 25) that didn’t really affect her physically, until the very end. I thought Mrs. Mallard would have been saddened and filled with grief for an adequate period of time after her spouse died, but her grief passed quickly, and she embraced a new life that she seemed to be content with. Therefore I believe there is good evidence that Mrs. Mallard was an ungrateful woman who did not appreciate her husband or his love for her. That evidence is found in her selfish behavior after the death of her husband, Brently Mallard.
As Cathryn Hunter mentions, “The serious and wide-ranging negative effects that relationship distress can have on individuals”(55). The relationship distress played a toll on Mrs. Mallard mainly because although she was sad that her husband death, she could not help but feel free. In “The Story of an Hour”, freedom was only allowed in your private thoughts. Meaning that you could of only dreamed of being free or finding yourself. In American society, marriage is seen as a time of your life where you do not live for yourself but for someone else.
This could be that ending a marriage during this time was unheard of. The protagonist in “The Yellow Wallpaper” suffers from mental illness, which can be read as postpartum depression. In “An Story of an Hour” Louise Mallard suffers from heart problems. The couples share a certain amount of love for each other but the disconnection was stronger. The protagonist’s disconnection is evident because her husband treats her like a little girl instead of a wife when he takes her “ …in her arms and called [her] a blessed little goose” (p121).
Verbal irony is when a twist on words is use in the story. Dramatic irony is when the reader knows something that the character does not know. Irony of situation is an unexpected activity takes place that is the opposite of what the characters and audience expects.Irony is used the most in the story and is showed when Mrs. Mallard is in the room cry but she isn’t crying for husband but crying over that she is freed at least from the dreadful marriage. Another example is when her husband walking in the door and Mrs. Mallard sees him and dies but dies because she was shocked her husband was alive and that was going to be sad for the rest of her life. The character in the story is Louise Mallard and she has a heart problem and she can`t take things easily.
Mrs.Mallard reveals that she does love her husband, but the the independence that she is now going to get is what is driving into a surge of sudden happiness and motivation. Ironically, Mrs.Mallard was not allowed to enjoy her new found independence in the end. In the short story “The Story Of An Hour”by Kate Chopin, Mrs.Mallard hears about the death of her husband from her sister Josephine. Mrs.Mallard cries in her sister 's arms from the sudden shock, and the fear of being alone. After Mrs.Mallard went to a room to be alone she began to realize that because of her husband 's death she is now independent.
In the time period when women were treated as property instead of as actual human beings is the basis for a lot of Kate Chopin’s work. Her heterox stance on the world was not liked nor was it approved of, but that only makes her work that much more controversial and interesting. Mrs. Mallard is told by her sister and husbands best friend that he has been killed in a horrific train accident. Mrs. Mallard has a condition that causes her loved ones much worry about the news but surprisingly she takes it extremely well. After coming to terms with the news and actually being happy about having her freedom, her husband walks through the door, the shock causes her to drop dead.
It was normal for her to be upset with the death of her husband, but the story had both her sister and her husband’s friend be there to break the news to her. Mrs. Mallard has heart problems which can make the reader see her as a weaker person right at the beginning of the story. Another way to make Mrs. Mallard appear as a weaker person was when she went to her room alone to cry. After she goes in her room she goes to the chair and the story says, “Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul.” This shows us that her emotions caused her physic... ... middle of paper ... ...was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long.” The death of her husband gave her a new look of life in her future. Now that she could live for herself, she wanted nothing more.