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It is common for two short stories to have a similar portion of their plots How the author presents that particular component of the story will vary each and every time This will result in a different effect on the reader for every story The Kate Chopin story immediately starts with some very obvious foreshadowing of what is to come The first line of the story says Knowing that Mrs Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husbands death The part about the heart trouble immediately shows that she has a weakness especially a weakness to surprise Poes story on the other hand starts with somewhat of anti-foreshadowing The beginning of the story explains how the narrator is an animal lover He says I was especially fond of animals and was indulged by my parents with a great variety of pets With these I spent most of my time and never was so happy as when feeding and caressing them After this how could you expect the narrator to kill his cat and then kill his wife for trying to interfere when he killed another cat One critic goes to say that The mutilation of the cat represents the narrators compulsive assault upon himself and a partial obliteration of his vision of goodHowarth 89 He not only killed the cat he mutilated it first then killed it It is such a dramatic turnaround going from an extreme animal lover to a cat killer and even a human murdererOne similarity in the stories is the attitude each of the wives In The Story of an Hour the wife is relieved at her husbands death She of course goes through a period of mourning but then realizes that she feels free again She feels this freedom that is difficult for her to describe She says she loved her
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