What is the thesis of "The Story of an Hour"?

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While you won't find a "thesis" as such in a piece of short fiction as you would in an argument-based essay, you can think of the story's "thesis" as its main idea, theme, or message. In the case of "The Story of an Hour," Chopin presents a married woman who has just learned that her husband died in a train accident. While she reacts by weeping at first, once she is alone with her thoughts, Mrs. Mallard realizes that she feels free, rather than burdened, as a result of her husband's death. She knows she will mourn him, will cry at his funeral, and will remember his good qualities. However, even in a relatively happy marriage, the wife's will is subject to that of her husband. Louise Mallard looks out of her window and is drawn to new life in the form of flowers blooming and birds chirping. She feels as though her life, as an individual and not as a wife, is just beginning.

The irony of the story is that, as soon as Louise embraces her new liberty and vows to live only for herself, her...

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