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Kate Chopins The Story of an Hour is a short story that leaves many unanswered questions tells the tale of a woman who is not upset about her husbands passing and describes a struggle for identity The Story of an Hour reminds me of a vignette in the way that it leaves out details that that the reader needs in order to easily understand the characters and plot of the story The author allows the reader to form his or her own interpretation of how the woman will react to the report of her husbands unavoidable destiny The words free free free signify that the woman is not exceptionally upset that her husband has died in a train accident The story then begins to twist the story into the opposite of what the reader might think will take place The woman encounters complete joy over the death of another human being instead of sorrow This now gives the reader the impression that she has been mistreated in the marriage and that perhaps his death is in the wifes best interest The ending conjures questions that are difficult to answer such as why the woman dies at the sight of her living breathing husband It is possible that the woman throughout her marriage makes herself ill in the misery that she feels in being attached to the man She may feel that she is healed as she hears of his permanent departure from the world yet she gives up on life once she realizes the truth I find it interesting that her first name is only told to us after she hears of her husbands death Previous to her knowledge of her husbands death she is known as Mrs Mallard or she While it seems very normal for a wife to assume her husbands name in marriage she may have felt that she became his property due to his demeanor The woman is
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