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Socrates a Greek philosopher once said Each one must know himself Unfortunately most of us are not aware of our true character Social conventions are the main cause making us repress what we really think and feel Only when unexpected events happen we do have an opportunity to take a close look at our hidden selfThe Story of An Hour by Kate Chopin reflects the dramatic development process of MrsMallards character through the death of her husband it demonstrates that the true identity cannot be sheltered forever At the beginning of the story the author describes MrsMallard as a woman having the distinctive trait of self-assertion which is constrained by her marriage She seems to be the victim of an overbearing but occasionally loving husband Being told of her husbands death She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same with a paralyzed inablity to accept its significance This shows that she is not totally locked into marriage as most women in her time Although she had loved him--sometimes she unconsciously does not want to accept blindly the situation of being controlled by her husband MrsMallard is not a one-dimentional clone-like woman having an expected acceptable emotional response for every life condition MrsMallards rather uncommon reaction to the news of MrBrently Mallards death logically foreshadows the complete revelation of her suppressed longing for freedom Being alone in her room When the storm of grief is over she experiences something coming to her and she was waiting for it fearfully What was it She did not know it was too subtle and elusive to name Finally she recognizes the freedom she has desired for a long time and it overcomes her sorrow Free Body and soul free She kept whispering In her soul the dark clouds are disappearing because she is illuminated All the memories of her husband are now of the past She is living in the present At this
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