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Jkh Essay, Research Paper

The Story of an Hour

During the realism unit, one finds that the unexpected is around one at all times

and The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin reminds one that life is unpredictable and full of

surprises. It was a regular day for Mrs. Mallard when the news of her husband Brently

Mallard came. Mr. Mallard was one of the many occupants on the train during the

railroad disaster. Life seemingly would not be the same for Mrs. Mallard who has a heart

disorder, or would it be? This short story displays the stages of unpredictable life that

can be full of sorrow, happiness, and surprises.

First Mrs. Mallard was heart broken after the news of her husbands untimely

death. How can one take such news that is so unpredictable and unbelievable? To be

sure, it was not until she received the second telegram that officially confirmed the death

of Brently that she was able to completely apprehend what had happened. ?She sat with

her head thrown back on the cushion of the chair, quite motionless, except when a sob

came up into her throat and shook her, as a child who has cried itself to sleep continues to

sob in its dreams.? Mrs. Mallard reacted much like anyone going through such an awful

experience, possibly in shock, and set herself into shut down mode. What?s more, Mrs.

Mallard was once a repressive, strong and happy woman, and now ?there was a dull stare

in her eyes whose gaze was fixed away off yonder.?

?When she abandoned herself, a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted

lips. She said it over and over under her breath: free, free, free!? Mrs. Mallard?s

bitterness grew with every passing moment. Furthermore, embedded memories began to

cross her mind and she could only see herself and her selfishness. In addition, she saw this

unexpected death as a way to set her free. She would no longer live for Brently or his

needs, but only for herself with no string attachments to hold her back. Mrs. Mallard had

loved Brently, but only sometimes and felt at times she was entitled to feel such hate and

betrayal. ?Free! Body and soul free!? Mrs. Mallard was off in her own cruel world. She

also thought of the future that was her own and the new life she would lead that would be

long and prosperous.

Mrs. Mallard now opened the door with glow, almost as if she was a goddess of

victory. Besides, her happiness was directly associated with the telegram of her husbands

death. As she was walking down the stairs with her sister Josephine, there was a noise

coming from the front door. Next, her husband Brently Mallard walked in and Mrs.

Mallard surprised, did not welcome Brently with open arms. Furthermore, it appeared that

Mr. Mallard was not on the fatal train and had not even known about an accident. Mrs.

Mallard was shocked as if she had seen a ghost that she fell to the ground grasping her

chest and escaped into eternal rest. ?When the doctors came they said she had died of a

heart disease- of joy that kills.?

In conclusion, Mrs. Mallard?s joy did not kill her but the disappointment that she

would not be free. The surprise that fell on Mrs. Mallard was unwanted at first only

because it was unexpected, however towards the end she found that subconsciously this is

what she wanted all along, but for the wrong reasons. One reacts in different ways when

confronted with everyday surprises in real life situations. Do not believe everything you


confronted with everyday surprises in real life situations. Do not believe everything you


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