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Kate Chopins The story of an Hour claims that either the husband or wife is going to want some kind of authority towards each other in any marriage Mrs Mallard admits that her husband was kind and loving but the crazy thing is that she feels joy when she believes that he is dead but she knows that she will cry at his funeral Despite the love between husband and wife Mrs Mallard views her husbands death as a freedom from harsh authority She also claimed that she was sometimes harsh towards him to Mrs Mallard proved that marriage robs people of their independence The heart trouble that Mrs Mallard physically and mentally had shows her mixed feelings towards her marriage and unhappiness with her lack of freedom When she looks back on her new independence her heart races and pumps blood through her veins When she dies at the end of the story the diagnosis of heart disease seems appropriate because of the shock of seeing her husband was enough to kill her and she died of overwhelming joy she died of a broken heart caused by a sudden loss of her much loved independence Before she dies she kept whispering free Body and free 443 When Mrs Mallard realizes that she is an independent woman she gets excited when she acknowledged joy she felt possessed and abandoned herself to it She sees her life as being hers and her new independence as the care of the being The forbidden joy disappeared as quickly as it came The open window from which Mrs Mallard gazes for much of the story represents freedom she felt when her husband died Everything she experiences through her senses suggests joy and spring Once she fully indulges this excitement she feels that the open window is providing her with life itself Therefore when Mrs Mallard turns from the window and the view she quickly loses her freedom as well
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