Death and its meanings

This story immediately spoke to me. Not just because the main character ends up dying at the end of it, but because of the double meaning of her death. When you first read the story you believe that the cause of death is heart disease and, medically, it is. However, the other cause of death could be shock and loss. The only taste of freedom she experienced in all the years she’d been married was yanked away so suddenly it killed her.

“There would be no one to live for her 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.”

It was such an immense emotion she felt at knowing that she’d finally be free that it completely penetrated her entire being and transformed her into the new woman she wanted to be for so long. She was almost literally given life and had it taken away just as suddenly. That is extremely powerful.

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