I just want to add to the theme of the role of women in
marriage. One thing the author makes clear in this story is that
Brently Mallard was not a mean or abusive husband to Louise. As
Louise is sitting in the upstairs room alone, she admits that "she
would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in
death, the face that had never looked save with love upon her,
fixed and gray and dead." It's important to know that her
husband had been a kind and loving man and, in spite of this,
Louise is happy that she will live the rest of her life
without him and now hopes she will have a very long life.
The author is stressing to us that women had no rights at
that time to choose their lives. Louise Mallard is a woman who
wanted opportunities that were available only to men. A...
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