Essay on Analysis Of The Story ' The Story Of An Hour '

1350 Words Jun 4th, 2016 6 Pages
Analysis of Irony in “The Story of an Hour” Irony is one of the most prominent literary devices utilized throughout the short story, “The Story of an Hour.” The three types of irony, situational, dramatic and verbal, can be found during the course of this story. The revelation that Mr. Mallard is actually alive, and the eventual death of Mrs. Mallard is an example of situational irony. An example of dramatic irony is found when the reader is made aware of Mrs. Mallard 's true feelings about Mr. Mallards death, while everyone else, especially Josephine, believes that Mrs. Mallard is actually distraught by the news. Josephine is worried that Mrs. Mallard has locked herself in her room and is attempting to harm herself. Mrs. Mallard is actually in her room envisioning how wonderful her life is going to be now that her husband is gone. Also ironic is the care taken by Louise’s sister Josephine in breaking “as gently as possible” (115) to Louise the news of Mr. Mallard’s death; this “great care” (115) not only contrasts with the sudden revelation that will occur at the story’s conclusion but also seems full of irony in light of Louise’s reaction to Josephine’s news. Josephine is accompanied by Richards, a family friend who will also appear at the story’s conclusion, thus adding to the work’s symmetrical structure. When Mrs. Mallard dies from the shock of seeing her husband, the doctors say she died from "the joy that kills" (Chopin 117). This is an example of verbal irony…

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