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In Kate Chopins The Story of an Hour a wife takes the news of her husbands death quite differently than most wives Some might find Mrs Mallards rather joyous response to her husbands death confusing or shocking But having lived without love for her husband Mrs Mallard takes death as a window of opportunity for lifeMrs Mallard knows that she will grieve at the funeral and will be capable of seeing beyond the bitter moment Unlike those who have heard the same with the paralyzed inability to accept its significance Mrs Mallard hears the death of her husband knowing that the event brings something specialfreedom from the restraints of marriage She will have years of life to herself without anyone to live for her Mrs Mallard would no longer be compelled to the powerful will of a wife She sees years to come that would belong to her absolutely where she can dwell in self-assertionwhich she believes possession of counts more than love She can have her body and soul free from the shackles that cause her heart trouble Perhaps the reader should perceive her heart trouble as an emotional handicap rather than a physical handicap It is revealed that she only loved him sometimes often not at all After hearing the news of the death she passes through a storm of grief Namoc 2 without any response from her troubled heart before retiring to her room Even physically her heart lacks passionate feelings for her husband Her heart beats fast coursing blood warming and relaxing her body only after permitting
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