Situational Irony In Kate Chopin's Short Story Of An Hour

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The use of situational irony puts a twist in to the ending. The reader expects the character to die as consequence of her situation; however, she dies because of the emotion of the situation rather than the reality. This creates situational irony because her death was the result of something other than what the reader expected. The story’s plot revolves around feelings of freedom and ultimate death of Mrs. Mallard by seeing her husband alive. The story begins with Mrs. Mallard upon hearing her husband’s death and her being alone in the room, “she was striving to beat it back with her will--as powerless as her two white slender hands would have been” (Chopin par.10). Mrs. Mallard establishes feelings of agony upon hearing of her husband’s death,
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