The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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What evidence from the story "The Story of an Hour" describes Mrs. Mallard as a potential victim of Victorian attitudes toward marriage.

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In "The Story of an Hour" the character of Mrs. Mallard is definitely depicted as a victim of the Victorian attitudes toward marriage. We know this when, right after she receives the news of the death of her husband, the curious but definite reaction of Mrs. Mallard was to feel "free", "free", "free". During this moment,

The vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright. Her pulses beat fast, and the...

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