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Louise Mallard begins a journey, albeit a very short one, in Kate Chopin's short story "The Story of an Hour." When the news is broken to her--carefully, because of her weak heart--concerning her husband's apparent death in a train accident, Louise immediately begins planning her new life without her overbearing husband.

     "...free, free, free!... she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her completely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.
     "...she would live for herself."

Her husband would no longer be able to control her or impose his will. She thought about the upcoming spring and summer. She prayed now that her life would be a long one, a different view from which she held only twenty four hours before. Her journey would be a freeing of both the body and soul.

However, that journey would only last for a few moments, for when she descended the stairs, "a goddess of Victory," she found her husband entering the house. He, too, has been on a journey, but he has not been killed in the accident. He has returned from his trip. It was Louise's journey that now ended from a heart attack--"a joy that kills." 

 

banu | Student

THE WOMAN LE BTER SORROW AFTER HER HUSBAND DEAD BUT AFTER SHE REALE HER FREEDOM..THE REST OF HER LE ONLY BEYOND TO HER.. THE SPRG SYMBOLE THE REEBTH SO WOMAN FEEL HERSELF AS A NEW BORN CHD AS A FLYG BDS ...AND SHE FEEL HER FREDOM AFTER THE BTER SORROWFUL MOMENTS...

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