When Josephine was at Louises door she cried out through the door I beg; open the dooryou will make yourself ill (Roberts 343). Louise replied Go away. I am not making myself ill (Roberts 343). Ironically, she was doing just that. By realizing her new freedom and unbound life ahead of her, she is becoming accustomed to the idea. This idea will only come crashing down as it is revealed that her husband is still alive. She can no longer live with the idea of returning to her old life after she has seen what could have been. During this moment of crushing sadness, she dies of a heart attack, surely an ill fate. To top it off, ironic-wise, Louise is the person that dies in the end (Kate).
There were patched of blue shy showing here and there through the clouds that had met and piled one above the other in the west facing her window (Roberts 342) The view out of Louises bedroom window is to the west. This isnt a major factor until you recognize the way The West was perceived back in the late 1800s. The story is set in the late nineteenth century (Ostman). The West is best thought of as a place where everyone was their own boss. The West was also a symbol of independence and uncertainty in the 1800s and was certainly why Chopin made the view out the window to the west. Yearning for freedom is also on display here (Otsman).
More irony can be found in the line She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long (Roberts 343). It was but one day before Louise was disturbed by the idea of a long life. Only yesterday she wished that life would be short; now she wishes that life will be long (Cummings). This, of course, because of her bounded life. But then she goes to extent of praying for life to be longer once she realized what she could have out in the world. Bu View More »