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Trinh Vu 03-31-2001 Eng II Symbolism in The Story of an Hour The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin is a very good story The story has a very interesting character by the name of Mrs Mallard Mrs Mallard who is afflicted with heart trouble is not the perfect wife Her sister Josephine tells her of her husbands death Mrs Mallards immediate response is grief She wept at once with sudden wild abandonment in her sisters arms Chopin 773 Mrs Mallard removes herself to find a place to grieve alone Strangely Mrs Mallards emotions change when she goes upstairs She feels happy and free She whispers Free Body and soul free Chopin 774 Location is very relevant to the differences in her emotions When downstairs among other people Mrs Mallard gives a normal and expected reaction to such a tragedy Upstairs she is able to reflect on her life find comfort in her surroundings and look upon her future with enthusiasm Sometimes the end of one life is the beginning of another Perhaps Mrs Mallard feels that she has been in an unfulfilled marriage If this is the case her husbands death will allow her an opportunity to fulfill some of her dreams Upstairs she is able to look at the positive side of her husbands death By locking the door she is able to escape the typical reaction as expected downstairs and express her true emotions without anyone judging her Society expects for us to act a certain way depending on the situation When humans are alone we tend to say do and act as we please We are able to feel freedom of expression without being judged Removing ourselves from around others allows us to unmask any emotions and to dream the impossible Once the door is unlocked reality sets in and people
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