In "the story of an hour" by kate chopin, did Louise Mallard die of overjoy or over disappointment?

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The physical cause of Mrs. Mallard's death is, of course, the "heart trouble" that Chopin tell us about in the first sentence of the story.  The underlying cause of the heart attack from which Mrs. Mallard dies is most likely the shock of bitter disappointment when she realizes that her husband is still alive.

When Mrs. Mallard first hears of her husband's death in the train wreck, she responds as one would expect--"she wept at once, with sudden wild abandonment, in her sister's arms."  During the period in which the story takes place, everyone around Mrs. Mallard would expect her to dissolve into grief at such news because, in a conventional marital relationship, the loss of a husband would be truly traumatic for personal (love...

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