In the modern times, men have the right of dominance and are decision makers in the families. Mrs. Mallard repeated saying free, free, sole free, after get noticed about the death of her husband. Her husband apparently didn’t give freedom to his wife and try to control her. It may be the cause of the unhappiness of their marriage and thus Mrs Mallard is not sure there is still love with her husband. In some situations, however, men are supposed to represent as speakers of the family members and protect their families.
Mr. Mallard first is described as died in the rail road disaster and Mrs Mallard is glad to accept this news privately. Nonetheless, it is too much joy for her, causing her to loose her life and lost a chance to see her husband who survived magically. It appears that this small family cannot accommodate two of them, just because they cannot get along with one another. I suggest the end could be altered to that the wife is not died from the joys, but she still alive and see Mr Mallard back home. She finally compromises and makes efforts to accept Brently Mallard and try to avoid contradictions.