Theme Of Irony In Story Of An Hour

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“When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease--of the joy that kills.” This is the most ironic and final line in Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin. Story of an Hour tells the story of Mrs. Mallard, a woman who recently found her husband died in a train accident, final hour alive. After hearing the news of her husband death, Mrs. Mallard goes to her bedroom to grieve, but realizes the freedom she now has from his death. This new found freedom is shortly lived when she finally realizes her husband is not actually dead. I am going to demonstrate the literary devices irony and symbolism is used in this story. Story of an Hour a great example of irony showcased in a story. The final line of the story says that Mrs. Mallard “died of heart disease--of the joy that kills.” The irony is in which it is actually sadness and not joy that killed her. She died from the realization that the joy she saw from her window is now gone. The thought of being free and independent is what actually killed her. If she wasn’t happy with the death of her husband, then finding out he was alive wo...
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