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Neeraj Mahajan June 2 2003 English 1102 Woman Who Lives and Dies in an Hour The Story of an Hour is a short story written by Kate Chopin openly reveals a womans true feelings who ended up trapping herself in a marriage In the 1890s women were shackled to their husbands and the only means of breaking free from those constrictive bonds was through the death of their husbands Mrs Mallard plays a character that has to deal with very serious emotions Her emotional state goes from one end of the spectrum to the other in only an hour Her experience of independence began when she was gently informed of her husbands death in a train accident Mrs Mallard was left with emotions of freedom fear of society and suppression The moment Mrs Mallard heard about Mr Mallards death she automatically fell into a state of grievance Weeping with sudden wild abandonment Chopin 11 Mrs Mallard allows her emotions over her husbands death to flow freely Looking outside a window patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds 11 shows that nature tried to convince Mrs Mallard that this is the beginning of something better While she sat in the rocking chair Mrs Mallard finally accepted being independent and having to live for herself and not for others In the 1980s society views women stereotypically as wives whose job is to dedicate their lives to their husbands just as Mrs Mallard did all the years in her marriage Society would be appalled to be knowledgeable about a marriage that stifles a woman to the point that she celebrates the death of her kind and loving husband Mrs Mallards new independence is evident in the use of her first name instead of using her husbands name As soon as Mrs Mallard overcame her fear of what society were to think of her then she would be able to live for herself 11
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