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If "The Story of an Hour," in some sense, is a story about a symbolic journey. Where does Mrs. Mallard "travel"?

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In "The Story of an Hour", Louise runs away to her room after hearing from Richards that her (Louise's) husband had been killed in a train wreck.  Being that she has poor health, defined in the story as "heart trouble", the news is given to her as succinctly and yet as tenderly as possible. 

At the most literal level, the symbolic journey that she takes occurs in her mind, but it is also aided by the window in her room. This window appears to have served as a type of oracle for Louise--one through which she would visualize her freedom, and herself, as something other than a married woman and housewife. 

There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul.

The story further explains that the square that makes up the frame of the window served as an agent of visualization, which (like a painting, a screen, or even a modern TV), would allow her to see tree...

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