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The first description that Chopin gives of Louise is her heart trouble. The author uses the article "a" in this phrase to emphasize that Mrs. Mallard suffered from a very specific aliment, not just "heart trouble" in general. The particular disease is later identified as oppression by her husband. Louise's sister, Josephine and Richards treat Louise with great care as though she is fragile. They are afraid that breaking the news of her husband's death to her may be harmful to her condition. We are introduced to the world of Louise Mallard's from a bird's point of view. This effectively illustrates what is seen by those close to Louise, and why the story ends with their misunderstanding of her.
As she is told the news, Louise goes to her room to be alone. The fact that "she would have no one follow her" could possible symbolize the beginning of her acceptance and understanding that "she would live for herself." She wanted to be alone in order to allow her emotions to react freely to the news of her husband's death. While her initial reaction to the news is one of mourning, Louise is increasingly aware of her liberation. Louise was experiencing an overwhelming sense of freedom, "Free! Body and soul free!." Her confined happiness broke through when her husband died.
With the belief that her husband is dead, she feels that a new beginning can happen for her, and the author shows this by describing the patches of blue sky that Louise sees outside her window. For Louise Mallard, the patches of blue sky represent the ending of her storm. The unhappiness in marriage may explain why Louise was actually welcoming and looking forward to her years without her husband Brently, but her opening and spreading of her arms foreshadows her eventual death.
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