Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"The Story of an Hour." Kate Chopin.

One-minute review: This is one of those surprise-ending stories. A woman learns of her husband’s death in a railroad accident—and she is completely overjoyed. She is free at last to live her life as she wishes. She imagines her life ahead not burdened by her husband’s wishes and commands.

Only he is not dead, was not at the scene of the accident, but just as he is opening the door to the house, she, without knowing he is there, drops dead of heart disease. She was the victim of the “joy that kills.”

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Eds. Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989.

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