The short story "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin tells of a young woman with a weak heart, Mrs. Mallard, who hears that her husband has been suddenly killed in a train accident. As expected, she bursts into tears. However, after she goes to be alone in a room upstairs, she realizes that she is ultimately happy, not sad, about her husband's death, because she will be free of his domineering influence and able to make her own decisions in life. When Mrs. Mallard unexpectedly discovers that her husband is still alive, she dies of a heart attack.
When you are writing your essay, keep in mind that the inner conflict in this tale involves Mrs. Mallard's struggle to accept what she really feels in her heart. She admits to herself that she had sometimes loved her husband, but she is glad to be free of his influence.
There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature.
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