Broken Heart "Story of an Hour"

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Brooke Allen
Professor Rita Wisdom
English 1302.20055
17 October 2013
Broken Heart, “The Story of an Hour.” A beautiful, young, fair skinned woman died of heart disease. How could someone so young and potentially full of life have a heart disease that would kill? The question is though, what kind of heart disease did she die from, physical or emotional? Louise died from an emotional heart disease, in other words a broken heart. Some would say Mrs. Louise Mallard from “The Story of an Hour” was relieved when she heard her husband had been killed in a tragic accident and she died when she saw her husband clearly alive walk in the front door, her heart shattered at the realization she would no longer be free. Louise was relieved when she heard the new that her husband had died because she had always felt trapped. Back in this day and age, making marriage meant for some women a form of slavery. “When she hears the news of her husband’s death, Mrs. Mallard’s obliviousness to the beauty of life breaks down under the powerful impact of emotion.”(Jamil.pg215) Before this moment she didn’t even think there was a reason to live anymore. But now as she sits in the bathroom daydreaming out the window she can see all the possibilities. In an article by Jennifer Hicks called “An overview of “The Story an Hour”” it makes a very good point that “Mrs. Mallard is not “paralyzed” by the significance that she is alone.”(Hicks) Which also shows that she was not in shock like some readers may think by hearing the shocking news of your husband’s death.
Mrs. Mallard did indeed die from a broken heart, but not for the reasons many would think. She learned that her husband had died in a tragic accident, which is enough to break any young wife’s heart, right? Mrs. Mallard was “affected by heart trouble.”(choplin.205) It is very unclear as to whether this is referring to physical…...

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