what does the “joy that kills” mean in the story of an hour?

what does the “joy that kills” mean in the story of an hour?

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  1. In the short story, The Story of an Hour, the doctors had said that Mrs. Mallard died “of the joy that kills.” The characters believed that Mrs. Mallard was so happy to see her husband alive and healthy that those strong emotions were too much for her. However, we the readers know the real reason for her death. Mrs. Mallard did not really die out of joy but of shock on seeing her husband alive. She was ecstatic at her husband’s death and when she saw him alive it was the sudden shock on her happiness that killed her. Here, Louise’s momentary joy caused her death.
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