Why would Mrs. Mallard have felt so elated about her husband's death--was Brently a bad husband?The Story of an Hour

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Chopin makes a point of not giving a great deal of information about Brently, as her discussion is not intended to focus on his character but rather the character of nineteenth century marriage in general.

There was not any specific aspect of her marriage that Mrs. Mallard thought of when she began to open herself up to the possibility of not being married, rather it was the understanding and awareness of self which was re-awakened within her that drove her to such great excitement.

It is this self-awareness that Chopin was focusing on in her attempt to point out the unequal nature of 19th century marriages that allowed the man to impose his will and his own vision of self on the woman.