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The Liberating and Tragic Story of an Hour The Story of an Hour is both a liberating story as well as a tragic story Mrs Mallards situation is most likely not an unusual one It is so well demonstrated that Mrs Mallards devotion to her husband is not without limit It seems that she has grown accustomed to her husband and remains with him out of stationary comfort and tradition The most interesting element of this story is how Mrs Mallards emotions are so subtly alluded to As Mrs Mallard sits in the chair staring blankly out the window the reader suspects her true feelings The narrator observes that There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds that had met and piled above the other in the west facing her window 179 Already the reader recognizes the blue sky as a sign of hope A sign of hope emerging from a heavy gloominess Soon enough the readers suspicions are confirmed as Mrs Mallard sits in her chair chanting to herself Free free free 180 It is obvious at this point that Mrs Mallard has been liberated through her husbands misfortune Mrs Mallard is not however completely without care She admits that she will cry again at Mr Mallards funeral Mrs Mallard sees the coming grief as a temporary hurdle and looks hopefully to the future a future of self- discovery and well- received freedom Mrs Mallards freedom is quickly abandoned however as Brently Mallard stumbles in the door At his sight Mrs Mallard succumbs to her weak heart The reader knows that her death is due to shattered dreams brought on with shock The doctors are as is everyone else under the impression that Mrs Mallards love for her husband was without limit The doctors announce that she had died of heart disease - of joy that kills 180 This concluding line is probably the
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