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Throughout history the roles of women has changed dramatically Women have been enslaved put down and their rights taken away from them Women have slowly but surly evolved into the individuals ones sees today in public office law firms or even the five o clock news However this evolution did not occur over night it took time and can be made apparent in places one might not think to look The roles of women in short stories have changed from a typical voiceless human being to one that dominates a story In the short story The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin the character Mrs Mallard demonstrates a transformation that is necessary for a woman to have The character Mrs Mallard defies the traditional role of women in the 1800s In the beginning of the short story Mrs Mallard is depicted as a weak and fragile woman who suffered from heart trouble When the news of Mrs Mallards husbands death was made apparent Richards a family friend and Mrs Mallards sister were very delicate in the way they broke the news to her Once the news was broken to her it seemed as if Mrs Mallard would act to her husbands death in the traditional way she wept at once with sudden wild abandonment in her sisters arm Chopin 11 However Ms Mallard defies the traditional role of the women by overcoming the feeling of sadness and instead replacing it with the feeling of joy Mrs Mallard realizes that her husbands death should not be seen as an atrocity but instead as an act of freedom This is made apparent by the words Mrs Mallard uttered to herself in the room she gradually lets the words free free free escape from her mouth This act relinquishes Mrs Mallard from the subservient role she played for her husband and into her own personTo some Mrs Mallards reaction to her husbands death may have seemed distasteful
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