The Mall Hour By Lousie Mallard

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When Lousie Mallard learned that her husband Brently Mallard died in a train crash she wept in her sister's arms. She then went upstairs and sank herself in a chair that faced a window. She was filled with physical exhaustion that reached her soul. She had a dull stare in her eyes as she gazed at the blue patches of sky. "It was not a glance of reflection, but rather indicated a suspension of intelligent thought." This quote hints how Mrs. Mallard will go through a surprising change. Most women would stare at the clouds and sky with a reflective view, but Mrs. Mallard is more prudent." There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully." "She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and…show more content…
Mallard change is her new independence. " There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. " She is excited to start living as a free woman. "Free! Body and soul free!" Louise was so excited to be free from her husband her sister came up stairs and told her to come out the room because she would make herself ill. But Mrs. Mallard wasn't making herself ill, she was preparing for her new life. " she was drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window." "Spring days, and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own. She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long." Even though Mr. Mallard was kind to Mrs. Mallard she still thought she was going to have a long boring marriage with him. She loved him very much but did not want to be with him. Within one-hour Mrs. Mallard went from being distraught to accepting Mr. Mallard's death and planning her life of independence. The presentation of Mrs. Mallard's first name, Louise, comes at the time when she feels most free. Only after her husband's death in her initial moments of grief and solitude does Mrs. Mallard become fully aware of herself. She beings to revel in her freedom by thinking of her future life - her own life. Unfortunately, her new-found freedom vanishes with the appearance of her husband and the repression he represents as alive and well. In the end, Louise…show more content…
Mallard’s heart condition. The very first paragraph informs us of her heart trouble, and how her loved ones were so careful and cautious while breaking the news to her of her husband’s death. In paragraph 11, where Mrs. Mallard cries out “free, free, free!” her heart condition is no longer an issue since her husband is dead. Her body is “warmed and relaxed.” At the end of the story, I found it ironic how Mrs. Mallard’s loved ones took spontaneous and surprising means to protect her from the realization that her husband was alive. They took little care and caution regarding her heart condition. I thought these portions of the text were significant because there was some reference to Mrs. Mallard’s heart condition throughout the text. In the first few paragraphs, my feelings were those of sympathy and pity for the wife who just lost her husband. Around the eighth paragraph, I experienced a little confusion, “Is she happy that her husband is dead?” At the eleventh paragraph, I felt relief along with Mrs. Mallard. I felt her freedom. At the beginning of the next to the last paragraph, I felt nervous, anticipating the worst for Mrs. Mallard, that it would be her husband opening the door. I could feel the disappointment when Louise opened the door was Mr.

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