The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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Mrs. Mallard is the protagonist in "The Story of an Hour." We only learn her first name at the end of the story (Louise). Explain why that is important to this story.

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This is such a significant omission because Mrs. Mallard feels that she has only existed as Mrs. Mallard for so many years. She has devoted the majority of her life to caring for her husband. His will has been her will. His wishes have been her wishes. And, in hearing of his death, she suddenly feels a new lightness in her spirit: freedom. She contemplates:

There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she could live for herself. There would...

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