One Mrs. Mallards shoes, you too would feel

One key point in “The Story of an Hour” written by
Kate Chopin that I found surprising was that Mrs. Mallard feels a sense of
freedom after learning about her husband’s death. Mrs. Mallard finally feels
this warm sense of freedom that she did not have before. She no longer feels
like she is only living for her husband but for herself. After reading this
short story, I found myself empathizing with Mrs. Mallard. For the first time
in her life “there would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind
persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a
private will upon a fellow creature.” (Chopin 57) In other words, Mrs.
Mallard no longer feels weighed down by her marriage, she now has the opportunity
to decide on what she wants to do with her new life.

            I can
see why Mrs. Mallard started to feel the warm sense of freedom, happiness, and
excited when her husband passed. The opportunity to make your own decision when
you want to on your own time is something that is fulfilling. I can relate to
that, looking back when I graduated high school and was off to college. I took
a major step in my life deciding to go to college and pursue my future
education and later on, a career. I too got that same warm sensation of freedom
that Mrs. Mallard felt. The chance to decide what classes I want to take, the
time I want to take them, and the days in which I go to school. If you take a
step back and put yourself in Mrs. Mallards shoes, you too would feel the warm
sensation of freedom that she felt. The chance to make your life great and to
have fun in doing it. Presently, I am free to do what I want with my education
and having that makes me feel powerful. Having authority and control in the
dictions that I make is what I want and is what Mrs. Mallard seeks.

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            Moreover,
a sentence from the story really speaks to me and effects my point of view on
how I perceive the world. “there would be no powerful will bending hers in that
blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose
a private will upon a fellow creature” (Chopin 57). This quote from the
passage gives light to the idea that men in that era were in fact dominate in
the relationships. “The Story of an Hour” Takes place in the late 1800s. A time
were women were trapped inside their homes and answered to men. Imagine being
married to your husband and him telling you to stay home and take care of the
house tasks. For example, cooking, cleaning, washing the clothes, having
children, and taking care of the family emotionally. Women in the 1800s were
all forced to be submissive to their husbands. Women had no rights, no say in
what they can and cannot do. It was as if their role was already predestined
for them before they even knew it. Fast forward to today’s society and this is
still happening. Women typically are the submissive ones were males are more
masculine showing dominance in the relationship. Of course, it has changed over
the years where it may not be the case as often but it is still there. I feel
as though women have all the right to have the freedom to do as they please
when they please. Who am I to tell a woman she cannot be a fire fighter or a construction
worker? I believe it is wrong to objectify women. To see them only as potential
baby carriers or house cleaners or food preparers. Women are so much more than
that and Mrs. Mallard in the short story found her freedom.

            In Addition, my views and opinions
remained unchanged. Take this quote for example, “she knew 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”. (Chopin 57) Mrs. Mallard knew
that when she saw her husband for the last time laying in a casket that she
would cry. We can see that she did in fact have feelings for her partner and
even in his death she still loved him. However, “she saw beyond that bitter
moment of years to come that would belong to her absolutely, and she opened her
arms out to them in welcome.” (Chopin 57) With this being
said, she is starting to open her eyes and see that even in her husband’s death
she can move on with her life. She is now free to do what she wants, when she
wants. That quote specially communicated with me in the sense that it was an
awakening for her to get out of a relationship that wasn’t doing her any good.
Think about all the women who see themselves “stuck” or “content” in their
relationships.