Freedom In Kate Chopin's Story Of An Hour

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Have you ever had something that you loved so much and had something taken away from you? Mrs. Mallard from Kate Chopin’s “Story of An Hour” is a prime example of how something she loved getting unexpectedly taken away from her. She had loved her freedom after her past marriage so much and, had it abruptly taken away from her. In Kate Chopin’s short story, you get introduced to Mrs. Mallard, whom her husband had just died of a railroad accident. She immediately went through a grieving period and then, realized that she was free from all the pain her marriage had caused. She had a newfound hope and freedom to rely on throughout the rest of her life. Later on, her husband comes back to the house and she feels guilty about how she instantaneously…show more content…
Mallard realized how her marriage was stressful and not worth her freedom. She realizes that she is better off by herself without a man beside her. It states in paragraph 10, “When she abandoned herself a little whispered cord escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and under her breath: “free, free, free!’ “. This shows how Mrs. Mallard realized that she was better off happy and without her marriage by being free. She notices how she wants to have freedom throughout the rest of her life not needing a man. At the end of the story, Mrs. Mallard notices that her husband was coming back, she immediately inverted ly turned it into guilt. It states in paragraph 19,“quick motion to screen him from the view of his wife. When the doctors came they said she had died from heart disease-- the joy that kills“. This shows how Mrs. Mallard died from the guilt of her husband 's reappearance into her life and the freedom she felt without her husband being by her side. Freedom. It 's something we have but it can be easily taken away. This is especially true in “A Story of An Hour” where Mrs. Mallard’s freedom from her marriage is almost instantly taking away from her. The mood throughout the story portrays how her emotions changed, from better to worse. I think that Mrs. Mallard is an example of how important freedom means to a person, and how easily it can be taken
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