I’m sorry that I don’t have the text in front of me to offer you the exact quotes, but I believe I can point you to the areas in the story to where you’ll know what I’m referring to.
- The scene soon after she finds out about the “death” of her husband and she is sitting in front of the window in her room gazing outside. Here she either thinks to herself or actually verbalize that she’s free. Here is where the reader catches the first glimpse of the fact that, while, yes, her husband is dead, and there has been no allusions made to him being an unkind man, she is NOT unhappy about his passing because she is reveling in the prospects of actually getting to live her life for herself, and an exciting prospect it is. So exciting, she’s honestly just not even sure what to do with herself.
- This is the irony of the story that tends to get lost on so many people: the ending. She’s walking down the stairs, and her husband walks She takes on look at him, and she dies of shock. I’m paraphrasing here, but the line basically says something to the effect that she dies from the joy that kills. Her friends and family believe that she is just so overcome with joy when she sees that her husband is alive that her heart just cannot handle it, and she dies from happiness. However, the reality of the situation is that she got a tiny taste of the prospect of being able to finally live her life for herself rather for someone else, and when she sees him walk through the door, she actually dies of disappointment. She cannot bear to go back to living the life of the subservient wife, even though she only felt liberation for mere moments.
I hope that this was helpful to you. Best of luck with your assignment.