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The Freedom of Mrs. Mallard Essay

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Since Louise contemplates the simple fact of Brently Mallard's death, however, her grief gives way into a far more effective feeling--a sense of joy within her own freedom. Louise realizes that she'll feel sad if she sees Brently's "kind, tender hands folded in passing," but she also understands that for the first time in years she really wants to live. While Louise is drunk with this newfound joy, Josephine, that fears that Louise might hurt herself in her anguish over Brently's passing, implores her to leave the locked room and come downstairs. As the two women descend the staircase, Brently Mallard walks at the front door. Chopin comments, "he'd been far from the scene of accident, and didn't even know there had been one." Upon visiting her husband, Louise suffers a heart attack and dies. This simple surface activity belies the complexities of the prose style. The very first paragraph of "The Story of an Hour" reads: "Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care has been taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death." If we approach this sentence just as factual communique, we may say that it communicates three messages: Mrs. Mallard suffers from a heart trouble; Mrs. Mallard's husband has expired; somebody has taken good care to notify Mrs. Mallard of her husband's death. If, nevertheless, we analyze the manner by which we proceed throughout the sentence we find a more complex layer of meaning. The first word of the sentence, understanding, introduces a participial phrase. A reader anticipates, and grammatical usage necessitates, that a primary position participle modify the subject of the following independent clause. Chopin violates our expectations. As we proceed through the participial phrase and to the indep...

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