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Free Body and soul free Mrs Mallard kept whispering One persons ultimate freedom may be seen as a tragedy to another Kate Chopin illustrates this idea in The Story of an Hour The story is set in the nineteenth century Chopin uses the death of Mr Mallard to show the reader Mrs Mallards deep feelings In the story Josephine and Mrs Mallard are sisters Although the women come from the same background live in the same city and outwardly appear to be satisfied with their lives their attitudes are very different Chopin uses these two women as foil characters in the story The differences in the women are seen in their reactions to Mr Mallards death Although both women are expected to maintain a certain role in society Mrs Mallard unlike Josephine is not satisfied with her life due to the societal restrictions At the end of the story Josephine and Mrs Mallard respond very differently to Mr Mallards coming home Josephine and Mrs Mallard feel very differently about the societal restrictions placed on them Josephine is portrayed as the perfect nineteenth-century woman She fulfills her duty as care-giver This duty is seen when Josephine is kneeling before Mrs Mallards locked door pleading for admission Louise open the door I beg open the door-you will make yourself ill Josephine implores Josephine is concerned about the well-being of her sister She is present when Mrs Mallard hears the news of her husbands death and provides comfort and compassion On the other hand Mrs Mallard feels trapped and burdened by the restriction placed on her by society Mrs Mallard longs to be an individual who does not belong to someone else When alone in her room Mrs Mallard says over and over again free free free Through this statement Mrs Mallard lets the reader know she feels imprisoned by her life as Mrs Mallard Mr Mallards wife Mrs Mallard feels stifled and bound by her limited
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