Death Being A Joyous Thing : Kate Chopin 's The Story Of An Hour

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Death Being a Joyous Thing: Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”
In Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”, is about a woman named Louise Mallard who is afflicted with a heart trouble, aspiring to be free from her husbands marriage. Not because she doesn’t love him, but because she got a moment of what it would feel like to be on her own. Within the story, the author is subtly hinting Mrs. Mallards yearn to feel freedom and to love herself individually and having the desire to be independent without the weight of her husband, Brently Mallard, on her shoulders. In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, Louise Mallard has a price to pay for freedom, independence and a new life without a husband by her side, because she is unable to be honest with him and herself about her desire to be independent.
The overview that Chopin provides is the woman in the marriage wanting to be on her own, and other problems with her marriage at that time. Mrs. Mallard was in a marriage during a time of patriarchy: she was his property. She realizes when she is alone in her room that she wanted to be independent because “she was drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window” (Chopin 68). Louise got the feeling of what freedom would be like when “she felt it, creeping out of the sky, reaching toward her through the sounds, the scents, the color that filled the air” (Chopin 67). She wanted to be a strong independent woman and she felt like she had finally got what she wanted.…

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