The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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

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"The Story of an Hour" isn't a particularly deep and robust story in terms of plot. Plot is defined as the events that make up a story—and not a lot actually happens in this wonderful short story. Mrs. Mallard is told that her husband has been killed. She immediately begins crying, and then she retreats to her room, presumably to continue mourning in private.

She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her.

It's here that the story takes a dramatic shift. Mrs. Mallard realizes that while she is sad that her husband is dead, she is also quite happy and excited at the newfound freedom that she has now been given.

There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that...

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