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Literary analysis essay
What ultimately killed mrs.Mallard joy or heartbreak? That is the question that everyone has asked after reading this short story. Many people have argued this question many believe that joy killed her because she became free at the end, while many other believed that she died of heartbreak because of her husband coming back and her freedom and independence was ripped away from her. I believe that mrs.Mallard had died from joy, because her husband died, and also because she had gained her freedom at the end of the story.
In "The Story of an Hour," by Kate Chopin Mrs. Mallard seemed like she would be old an woman and it was said in the first line, “mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble.”(Line 1-2) It was surprising that later on in the story Chopin says that She was young, but what’s even weirder is that she is described as having “a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression”(p 8) which makes her sound as being old for her age. The description of this example is backed up when Chopin gives some of the reasons for Mrs. Mallard’s “monstrous joy” which says “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.”( 14) This means that

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It seems as if Chopin is showing the reader a social situation back then that the woman was held as the prisoner of her husband. When Chopin was writing this short story back then marriage was not done for the mutual love for each other and that what it this seemed to be the situation she had in the story. Marriage back t...

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...e you would go into shock and that would stress out the heart. Unfortunately, mrs.mallards heart could not handle the shock. So she had died and also that is another point of view that could be taken from that story about her death.
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In conclusion, I believe that she had died of joy and that is what the narrator tried to portray to the reader. Other people argued that ending so they have tried to show different point of views. People have said that she had died of heartbreak and I could understand that because she saw her husband come back and then she realized that all her independence and joy is gone. Other people have said that it was just because of her heart, and that after told he died and seeing him coming back to life her heart could not with stand the shock and she died. But ultimately I believe that Mrs.Mallard had died of joy, and not heartbreak.