The Open Window In Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

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In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, the open window that Mrs. Mallard sits in front of represents her newly found freedom upon learning that her husband is dead. When Mrs. Mallard is informed of her husband’s tragic passing, she flees to her room and sinks down into a chair by the open window. The open window with the breeze freely flowing in and out of the room is a symbol for how Mrs. Mallard feels she now has freedom. While Mrs. Mallard proclaims her freedom through the words, “Free! Body and soul free! ” the window helps her actually feel her freedom. The open window represents freedom because, just like Mrs. Mallard, it is now open to the world. This window being a symbol for freedom reveals to the reader that Mrs. Mallard felt
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