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What examples of foreshadowing are in Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour"?

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Kate Chopin foreshadows Louise Mallard's tragic fate several times in her celebrated short story, "The Story of an Hour ." In the first sentence of the story, the narrator foreshadows Louise Mallard's eventual heart attack by mentioning that she is "afflicted with a heart trouble," which is why Josephine takes great pains to gently break the news of Brently's death without upsetting her. At the end of the story, Louise Mallard discovers that Brently is alive when he walks through the door, and she suddenly dies of a heart attack, which stems from her heart ailment. Chopin also foreshadows that Brently is alive by spending a significant amount of time describing how Richards confirmed his death. After reading Brently's name in the newspaper, Richards assures himself of Brently's death via a second telegram before informing Josephine and Louise of the sad news. By mentioning Richards's efforts to confirm Brently's death and spending a significant amount of time on the validity of the...

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