The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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In Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," what are some examples of conflict and theme?

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Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" encompasses many events in the space of sixty minutes.  The lives of several people will be interminably changed. The story is told through a third person narrator expressing most of the action through the thoughts of Louise Mallard, the protagonist.

Mrs. Mallard has a heart condition that prohibits her from strenuous activities. Everyone around her watches over her to make sure that she does what she needs to do to protect her health. 

During this hour, Mrs. Mallard/Louise learns that her husband has been killed in an accident.  Initially, she is grief stricken; however, once she goes  into her room, an overwhelming feeling wells up in her.

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!"

The most important thing for her now...

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