“Story of an Hour” Mini Book Club

Please read The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin.
Then answer the following question below in a comment:

Why did Mrs. Mallard die?  In other words, what killed her?  Why do you think so? What in the story makes you think this?

When you’re done, we’ll discuss it in small groups.  Did the other members of the group agree with you or not?  Did you change your mind?

Why do you think Kate Chopin wrote this story?

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16 thoughts on ““Story of an Hour” Mini Book Club

  1. She thought she was free from her husband/society grip of how they think of women. Not having freedom or rights since her husband is a live. She says “free, free, free.” Also talks about how society treat women badly, that men should be the head of house. Also read this lasts senior year with my English class and discussed the same questions.

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  2. I believe the reason why she wrote the story is because she wanted to talk about the things that could happen in when you don’t give freedom between the husband and wife and what people can do to you.

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  3. What killed Mrs. Mallard was a heart disease, but it was more than that, it was a spirit that was trying to help her by releasing her soul to become peace in her life.

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  4. Mrs. Millard died from a heart disease. Literally. The question should be why did she die of a heart disease. My response is rush of emotion. I would assume no one would want their spouse to pass away, so yes she is sad. But also, one would have to consider the type of relationship she shared with her husband. The fact that she kept repeating she was free should give some type of sign. What if she didn’t really want to be free and that’s why she’s gone too?

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  5. I believe Mrs. Mallard died of shock and the adrenalin that happiness brought to her and with her hard disease this is to much for her to handle . I think this is the reason because in the story she says how she only loved her husband sometimes and most times she dint and the words that she says is free body and soul . I believe what gave her the shock was not knowing what to do next since she felt trapped .

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  6. She thought she could finally be happy. She was not in love with her husband. She cried at first from the shock. Maybe they were tears of joy, but she could not let her family see that. She kept repeating Free. Happy to know she was free from this life she had with him. And then he appeared. The thought of having to be with him after experiencing the joy of thinking she didn’t have to. I would say she died from a broken heart. Because she wanted more out of her life.

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  7. she was happy her husband had died and I guess she had a heart disease and that killed her. She was filled with so much joy that she just died.

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  8. She died from a heart disease, I think this happened because there was like this spirit haunting her. As she kept repeating “Free body and soul ” I think the she just wanted to rest and be happy as it was to much to handle. She thought she could finally be happy.

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  9. What killed her was possibly a heart disease or just the relenting release of knowing she does not have to deal with a over ruling husband. Clearly this story takes place in the 1800’s and women did not have any rights, so her knowing that her husband died was a sense of freedom and relief to be her own person and not at the standards of someone else’s expense. Her subconscious probably allowed itself to let go of the body it once possessed to be one with the earth and universe once again.

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  10. Mrs. mallard could have died due to the fact that she was given the bad news about her husband giving her even more worry while she was having a heart problem. the story tells us that she is going to problems with her health which is something that is also making her worry.

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  11. I would say she died from all the stressed and pain she had from him and how she wanted to be free so much she died from a heart disease.

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  12. In other words, what killed her? She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will as powerless as her two white slender hands would have been. When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips. She said it over and over under the breath: “free, free, free!” 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 coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body. What in the story makes you think this? There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. 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. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime as she looked upon it in that brief moment of illumination. Why do you think so? A clear and exalted perception enabled her to dismiss the suggestion as trivial. 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, fixed and gray and dead. Why did Mrs. Mallard die? Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease. Why do you think Kate Chopin wrote this story? When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease.

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