The Story Of An Hour: Irony


In Kate Chopin's short story "The Story of an Hour," there is much
irony. The first irony detected is in the way that Louise reacts to the news
of the death of her husband, Brently Mallard. Before Louise's reaction is
revealed, Chopin alludes to how the widow feels by describing the world
according to her perception of it after the "horrible" news.
Louise is said to "not hear the story as many women have heard the
same." Rather, she accepts it and goes to her room to be alone. Now the
reader starts to see the world through Louise's eyes, a world full of new and
pure life.
In her room, Louise sinks into a comfortable chair and looks out her
window. Immediately the image of comfort ...

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is quite confused by this most unusual foreshadowing until Louise's
reaction is explained.
The widow whispers "Free, free, free!" Louise realizes that her
husband had loved her, but she goes on to explain that as men and women often
inhibit eachother, even if it is done with the best of intentions, they exert
their own wills upon eachother. She realized that although at times she had
loved him, she has regained her freedom, a state of beeing that all of G-d's
creatures strive for.
Although this reaction is completely unexpected, the reader quickly
accepts it because of Louise's adequate explanation. She grows excited and
begins to fantasize about living her life for herself. With this realization,
she wishes that "life might be long," and she feels like a "goddess of Victory"
as she walks down the stairs. This is an eerie forshadowing for an even more
unexpected ending.
The reader has just accepted Louise's reaction to her husband's death,
when the most unexpected ...

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