November 1, 2003
The first time that I read "The Story of an Hour" the ending shocked me. I did not think that the wife would end up dead. I thought that the way the wife was reacting to the news of her husband’s death was foreshadowing a long happy life for her. When I read the poem the second time, my reaction changed. I could see that the wife wanted to be alone so that no one would notice that she had mixed feelings over her husbands death. This poem taught me that you can't form an opinion before you finish reading.