Is our love’s fidelity in question? In the “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, the sudden news of her loved one dying whisks Mrs. Mallard away to a whole new life that flashes before her, celebrating her newfound freedom. She realizes what life has brought upon her. In the end, whether celebrated or tumultuous, she completed the journey with fidelity.
Marital love is complex. It is a lot of work, and the harder we work at it the better it will serve us. We do not always have warm fuzzy evenings, candle lit dinners, strolls in the park, cuddling on a snowy day. Some days are outright tough with kids tugging left and right, and our partners talking about a rough day at work while one unscrews a spent light bulb that needs replacing. We sometimes find ourselves sitting by the window, watching people walk by with the sounds of the city in the background, just pondering our situations in life. And in an instant a soft blue ball flies from across the room distorting our moment. How does this correlate with Mrs. Mallard, we ask? Her experience of blissful notions with nature, “She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air” (862). In an instant, Mrs. Mallard celebrates her newfound
freedom by engaging herself with what she may have sacrificed during her marriage. Every once in a while, we catch ourselves with thoughts of, “Maybe I need a break from his or her outbursts?” Is it a crime to think such thoughts? Is it wrong to celebrate at our loved-one’s expense? I think not as we are all entitled to self-gratification. It is these moments that remind us that there is more to our relationships than being in wedded bliss all the time. In essence, it strengthens our persona and our ability to cope with situations that marriage brings.
The Mallard’s relationship is very common to most marriages. The narrator reveals, “There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind...