Story Of An Hour Situational Irony Essay

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Katie Nguyen Mr. Rogers English II September 22, 2014 Uses of Irony in “The Story of an Hour” Kate Chopin’s short story “The Story of an Hour” is about a woman who has a heart condition. She then hears and believes that her husband has just dies in a train wreck. She starts to imagine a new life for herself where she is free. All of her imagination comes to halt when she sees her husband at the door and dies. Chopin describes this short story with three types irony, situational, verbal, and dramatic. The first type of irony Chopin uses is situational; a type of irony that emphasizes the discrepancy between what characters deserve and what they get. Situational irony is in the turn of events in the hour that suggest that Mr. Mallard is dead and Mrs. Mallard has fully come alive. As Chopin writes, “Someone was opening the front door with a latchkey. It was Brently Mallard who entered. He had been far form the scene of the accident, and did not even know there had been one.” (Chopin 170) At the end of that hour it changes when Mrs. Mallard see her husband at the door well and alive while she drops dead right there.…show more content…
Mallard was descending the stairs. As she was near the bottom, her husband whom she thought that had died in a train wreck, and appeared from behind the front door. Untouched from the railroad disaster, stands the man that has her in an unhappy marriage. As to everyone in the house saw that Mrs. Mallard was sad and went to upstairs to her room to be alone. It is common to have to this reaction when losing a loved one. To the readers, they can see that Mrs. Mallard was not sad over the loss of her husband but rather relieved. “But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.” (Chopin 170) Mrs. Mallard is rather happy that her husband is dead and is looking to live her life in being

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