Comparing Penelope And Story Of An Hour

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Are women better off without marriage? In Dorothy Parker’s poem’ Penelope, and Kate Chopin’s short story, The Story of an Hour. The authors emphasize that women at the time wanted independence. Chopin and Parker support their claim by describing women being unhappy in their marriage. They use tone and irony in order to reveal their idea to the world by writing. Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” uses verbal irony and tone to describe women’s unhappy marriages. In the “Story of an Hour”Chopin portrays a woman who is relieved that her husband is dead: “Free body and soul free”. Chopin is trying to show the reader that Mrs.Mallard is an unhappy housewife that one day hopes to escape her dungeon. Ironically, it is believed that Mrs. Mallard dies

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