Chopin's and Hemingway's short stories are assessed.
1. We initially learn that the husband died in a railroad disaster as "Brently Mallard's name leading the list of killed." The context of the story with a second telegram and Louise's reactions also seem to verify that a death has occurred.
The judgments about him for me are formed as instead of mourning, Louise feels joy as "She said it over and over under her breath: "free, free, free!" Thus, it seems like the marriage was not a loving union. The implication that he also did not love her is seen with as she describes him with " the face that had never looked save with love upon her, fixed and gray and dead."
When reading the quote, "And yet she had loved him--sometimes. Often she had not," shows the irony that we expect a widow to be overcome with grief, but she is happy. Instead, she relishes this new freedom, so I can judge and infer that her husband did not feel like he, too, was loved genuinely. Her expression, "Free! Body and soul free!" indicates that she is empowered by his death.
When Louise's husband returns with "It was Brently Mallard who entered, a little travel-stained, composedly carrying his grip-sack and umbrella. He had been far from the scene of accident, and did not even know there had been one. He stood amazed at Josephine's piercing cry," it shows how this shock kills her, the realization that she is no longer free of marriage to him.
2. As you analyze the tone and the imagery here with ...
Chopin's and Hemingway's short stories are explicated briefly.