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Beautiful Death The Story of an Hour focuses attention to the role women assumed in the nineteenth century Men almost dominated women and limited the wives to the boring repetitious duties of cleaning and cooking The main character of the story Mrs Mallard bears the same cross However Chopin writes And yet she had loved him - sometimes186 revealing Mrs Mallards love her husband despite oppression Chopin writes regarding Mr Mallards feelings The face that had never looked save with love upon her186 displaying Mr Mallards love for his spouse The main conflict did not center on Mr Mallard rather Mrs Mallards oppression by the institution of marriage and all the responsibilities it ensues The only way Mrs Mallard can reach the freedom she longs for arrives though her own ironic death Mrs Mallard yearned to break through the repetitious and oppressive life enslaving her Chopin writes pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul185 This passage relays the message of Mrs Mallard leading a life controlled by her husband She strained herself with too much work and reached a state of physical exhaustion in marriage becoming pressed down unable to move unable to think for herself due to the control of her husband and restraint of marriage This oppression of marriage haunted her and reached into her soul displaying the length and burden marriage has overwhelmed her spirit Chopin writes in a brief opening to a paragraph describing Mrs Mallards face She was young with a fair calm face whose lines bespoke of repression185 Mrs Mallard was young when she married perhaps not yet prepared for the many responsibilities and services a devout wife must fulfill Similarly the lines of repression suggest the wear that tasks of marriage have taken on her physically and emotionally On page 185 Mrs Mallard sits staring out the open window she senses a presence creeping toward her reaching
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