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Irony In Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

Analysis of The Story of an Hour In the short story “The story of an Hour”, the author, Kate Chopin, clearly communicates the story’s theme which is having a restricted amount of freedom. In other words, the theme is confinement. In order to develop and explain the theme, Chopin uses irony throughout the entire short story. When the speaker states, “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance.” (REFERENCE) this indicated that Louise Mallard did not refuse the news of her husband’s death. On the contrary, she shed tears of joy because she was no longer stuck in a repressed relationship. Also, she started visualizing her new life full of freedom while confining herself in her bedroom. “The Story of an Hour” uses symbols, foreshadowing and irony to explore Mrs. Allard emotional hour after her husband’s death.…show more content…
The first sentence of the story clearly states: “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband 's death.” (REFERENCE) Consequently, she has a weak heart and the unexpected news could cause a dangerously deadly reaction. Also, while referring to the statement: “She would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature.”(REFERENCE), gender relation is present. To elaborate, when Chopin wrote the story in 1894, women were submissive to men. Consequently, a woman could not be independant of her husband, thus being confined to her relationship, which foreshadows Mrs. Mallard’s death because her husband, who is considered more important and the head of the family, is already dead. Given her reality, Mrs. Mallard’s faith is
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