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In "The Story of an Hour" does Mrs Mallard die in the eleventh paragraph where it say's...

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patcal | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 31, 2007 at 8:57 AM via web

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In "The Story of an Hour" does Mrs Mallard die in the eleventh paragraph where it say's "When she abandoned herself"?

I think she dies there and remains a ghost in her house, her sister finds her, carries her downstairs when Mr. Mallard walks in the end say's "he stood amazed at Josephine's piercing cry, at Richards quick motion to screen him from the view of his wife. If she were still alive at that point, he would have been shielding her from the sight of him. Plus Josephine is crying. My teacher thinks I'm wrong and Mrs. Mallard is alive through the entire story. What do you think.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 1, 2007 at 2:09 AM (Answer #1)

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Good question. Literally, I would say no. After she abandons herself, her blood is still pounding (and she speaks). On the literal level, she doesn't die until her husband returns a few paragraphs later. However, at that point she dies to her old life, or it to her, on the symbolic level. That's why she dies literally later.


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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted April 9, 2007 at 3:40 AM (Answer #2)

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No-not literally at this point. She dies from the shock-and possibly the heartbreak -of her husbands return.

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revolution | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 27, 2009 at 8:38 PM (Answer #3)

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No, she actually died later on at the end of the book, not at this that point. When she saw her husband safe and whole and not dead, Mrs Mallard was so shocked that she died. Physicians also later confirmed that Mrs Mallard's death was resulted from "joy that kills". Her weak and failing heart could not stand the happy shock on seeing her husband safe and sound.

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