Analysis Of 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
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Whenever her husband unexpectedly visits, she suffers from a heart attack and dies. Her death is caused by the surprise of her husband not dying in the train accident and him being completely normal, leaving Louise in a shocked state of mind. During Louise’s glimpse of freedom though, she does carry herself “like a goddess of victory” (Chopin 68) with triumph flowing within her. In Abby Werlock’s article, she states, “Her death may be considered a tragic defeat or a pyrrhic victory for a woman who would rather die than lose that ‘possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being’. The doctors ironically attribute her death to the ‘joy that kills’” (Werlock 1). Louise would rather die than have the self-assertion, considering her death be a victory to

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