Conformity And Rebellion

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"The Story of an Hour" has been one of my favorite short stories since the first time I read it, due to its use of both situational and dramatic irony. The theme mainly evident in this story is the theme of conformity/rebellion. This can be observed in several instances during the story when one closely analyzes it. The story begins with the news that Mrs. Mallard’s husband has died. The theme of rebellion is evident right off the bat when it is said that “she [Mrs. Mallard] did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance” upon being told of his death. The fact that Mrs. Mallard is going against the social norms of what women are expected to do in this situation reveals already that she is rebelling against society. It also suggests that the story is not going to go according to how one would expect for this time period.…show more content…
Mallard goes up to her room alone. It is here that the tone of the story changes. We are given peculiarly described imagery of what Mrs. Mallard is witnessing as she looks out her window; we are given descriptions of the “new spring life,” the “delicious breath of rain in the air,” and the “blue sky,” which are oddly pleasant and positive. Considering what is going on in the story, such cheerful descriptions are quite unusual. Therefore, the tone of the story itself is rebelling against what would be
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