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FeelingsIn the short story A Story of An Hour by Kate Chopin the whole range of emotions are felt by the main charter Louise Mallard Upon learning of her husband s death she is immediately overcome by sadness However once she is alone she allows herself to experience her feelings of joy at the prospect of being free from repression She is no more able to staff off the feeling that was approaching her than trying to stop the waves from hitting the shore Basically stated we are powerless over our feelings First one can state that no matter how hard we try we can not keep a feeling from coming over us Louises feelings come from deep within her soul Physical exhaustion followed her first storm of grief At first she did not know what was coming to her She could not even give it a name When she started to recognize it she was trying to beat it back with sheer will power Only to find that will power is no match for the total encompassing of feelings Once she had abandoned herself the word free had escaped from her lips She did not deliberately want it but it had come anyway Unmistakably a joy over took her Not that she would not be sad again but for now she was like a bird let out of the cageMrs Mallard was a good example of Shakespeare s line To Thine own self be true She did not allow guilt to rear it s ugly head but instead just felt her feelings She allowed no one to witness her self assertion But it was the strongest impulse of her being As she was projecting spring and summer days to come a feeling that her life would be her own again gave her a contentment that she had not felt in a long time No one actually knew what Mrs Mallard had experienced behind her
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