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The Story of an Hour In a short story the setting is more significant then merely the time and place in which the story takes place The setting of an effective short story often foreshadows or represents the characters emotions and feelings In The Story of an Hour written by Kate Chopin the setting plays a major role in the effectiveness of the story Mrs Mallards husband was killed in a horrific railroad accident The setting foreshadows Mrs Mallards feeling towards her husbands death as she walks into her room and looks out the window She does not find herself in a tragic state of mind over her husbands death Instead she finds the things around her make her come to the realization of her happiness towards the loss of her husband Mrs Mallard first caught sight of a comfortable roomy armchair as she walks into her room The armchair does not make her feel solitary or lonely It makes her feel comfortable and at ease that her husband is dead The comfort that the armchair gave her eased the physical exhaustion that haunted her body She did not feel pain after losing a spouse but relaxed and calm about the situation She doesnt have that pressure of her husband being there and having to be tied down There would be no one to live for during those coming years she would live for herself All the years she has being a faithful wife to her husband Now she can take care of herself and have no one to worry about except for her needs and wants She finds herself happy not sad or miserable that her husband has passed but happy and joyful of what to come After feeling relieved and relaxed she thinks about a new beginning a new life When Mrs Mallard looks out the window she could see the treetops that aquiver with new spring life This represents what may
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