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Story of an Hour is a short story written by Kate Chopin in 1891 The story revolves around Mrs Louise Mallard who is stricken with a heart disease when she finds out her husband Brently Mallard was killed in a railroad disaster Although Mrs Mallard does eventually succumb to her illness her own character development throughout the story seems to lead to her demise A combination of her own mixed feelings and inner conflict about her husbands death heart disease and her relationship with her husband are what ultimately kill herImmediately upon finding out her husband had died Mrs Mallard is completely destroyed She wept at once with sudden wild abandonment in her sisters arms When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone Chopin 3 Its made obvious here that she had loved her husband very much and was reduced to a shell after his passing As the minutes roll by however she begins to think by herself and for herself which she clearly had never been able to do There was something coming to her and she was waiting for it fearfully Chopin 9 She realized that an impure thought had entered her mind and she was afraid what kind of person that would make her She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her and she was striving to beat it back with her will Chopin 10 She recognized the thought and began to struggle with the notion that perhaps she would like life better without her husband a life of her own choosing until she finally admitted it to herself She said it over and over under her breath Free free free Chopin 11 She finally accepted the freedom that was handed to her She finally believed that her husbands death was more of a blessing than a curseThe real curse that Mrs Mallard was afflicted by was her heart disease
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