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Analyzing The Story of an Hour The Story of an Hour is a short essay that describes what Mrs Mallard goes through when she finds out her husband has been killed in a train accident At first she is extremely sad but when she looks out the window it becomes apparent to her that she is free Mrs Mallard is overwhelmed with the thought that her body and soul are now free Despite the loss of Mr Mallard she is overcome with happiness and feels rejuvenated with the prospect of being free in years to come In a sense she feels like a bird that has just been let out of its cage after years of captivity After a while she heads back down stairs to talk to Richards the man that brought her the news of her husbands death As soon as she gets to the bottom of the stairs Mr Mallard walks in looking a little travel stained The shock of seeing her husband alive causes her to have a heart attack and die 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 It seems that she dies because of the joy of seeing her husband alive I think she dies because of an entirely different reason She had a history of heart problems but those could be attributed to the fact that she was unhappy and felt like she was in captivity When Mrs Mallard realized that she was free it seemed that an elixir ran through her body and made her feel brand new and wonderful I believe that if her husband had really died she would have lived many more years Upon finding out that her husband was indeed alive she died The doctor said that it was over joy that caused her heart to fail The way
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