Freedom of a Women Essay

621 Words Apr 15th, 2013 3 Pages
Susana Saldana
Eng 125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Lora Carmichael

In the Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin (1984) Kate describes Mrs. Millard as being afflicted by heart problems. She is young and has “a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression.” It seems as Mrs. Millard is not happily married to Brently Millard. When she hears the news of his accidental death she has mixed feelings. At first she wept from the awful news her sister Josephine purveyed upon her but then stops and only sobs. She seems to have joyous moments after the death of her husband because of the freedom she will unveil. She will no longer be to the beck and call of her husband as it seems she is. Mrs. Millard
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Often she had not. What did it matter! What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in face of this possession of self–assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!” She felt that her need for freedom was now stronger than what she felt for her husband. She was beginning to realize that she wanted this freedom more and she could not fight it, it was beyond her. "Free! Body and soul free!"
In conclusion Mrs. Millard was overwhelmed with all the new possibilities of freedom she had engaged upon. She decides to come down stairs with her sister and her husband’s friend and as she is coming down the stairs she is feeling like a goddess, she feels as she has won. At that very moment her husband comes in opening the door with his latchkey. He stood in front of her, not knowing what was going on. It appeared as he had missed his train and possibly came home walking. Mrs. Millard died immediately at the impact of seeing her husband enter their home and again having to live the same life she wanted to free herself from. Doctors assumed her death was from joy of seeing her husband alive.

Reference 1. Clugston, R. W. (2010). Journey into literature. San Diego, CA Bridge point Education, Inc.
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