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Is Louise Mallard's reaction to her husband's death understandable in "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin?

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Louise Mallard led a sheltered life. With her heart condition and a husband that watched her over, Louise had little freedom to do what she would wanted to do.  Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” portrays a lady who has a heart condition, which is not only physical but also emotional.

When Louise learns that her husband has been killed in an accident, of course, she grieves and weeps hysterically.  She loved him most of the time. After her initial grief, Louise goes to her room to mourn alone. 

In her room, Louise suffers an exhausting feeling that was not only physical but spiritual.  As she sits in her comfortable chair, her view allows her to survey the sky and  the trees and to hear the birds chirping.  The air was fresh from the rain and the spring time.

As she stares into the distance, Louise, a young fair woman, becomes lost in her thoughts. Something inside her rises to the top; and almost without hope of...

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