Kate Chopin's Short Stories

How do the elements change throughout the course of the story ?

The Story of an Hour

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The hour begins with the news of a death and sorrow of a wife. Shocked, Mrs. Mallard moves to the her room to absorb the news, and soon begins to envision what her new life will be like. Freedom..... freedom from marriage, expectations, and the wishes and demands of others. Free to come and go as she pleases..... free to enjoy the outdoors....... the worlds outside of her home, answerable to no one. Soon after (we only experience an hour here), Mrs. Mallard receives the shock that her husband still lives..... she's shocked to death.