If you were rewriting the ending to "The Story of a Hour," how would you resolve the conflict?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Part of the condition in which Chopin writes her story is based on the condition of women.  The changing dynamic of how women were seen in society is where Louise's narrative becomes compelling.  In the scope of a few pages, Louise begins to see herself as Louise the woman as opposed to Louise the wife.  It is in this vein that I would resolve the conflict between both oppositions by simply featuring an ending where she leaves.  Rather than die of "the joy that kills," I would simply have her walk past Brently as he walked in.  It had become evident that Louise could no longer endure being in a condition of marriage that stifled her being, denied her voice, and suffocated her desires and vision of self.  I think that I would take a modern perspective to the conflict and simply have her walk out of the marriage.  This ending is affirming to the changing dynamic in which Louise reenvisioned her own sense of self and it is one in which there is still power and a compelling notion of how women's roles can be seen in the modern setting.  In this, my ending to the conflict would be to simply have her leave.

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