The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin Essay

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Metaphor, simile, irony, and symbolism, these are just a few of countless figurative language uses that are used in short stories, poems, novels and any other literary work. The use of any of these literary languages is to figure out what the author is trying to say. The author might also add a certain tone to the story, or a central theme to help the reader understand. In the short story, “The Story of an Hour”, written by Kate Chopin there are two main uses of figurative language used to allow the reader to better understand the thoughts of the main character and also to get an idea as to why Chopin wrote this short story. The use of irony is central to the theme as well as symbolism. “The Story of an Hour”, set around the end of the nineteenth century, is written about a woman, Mrs. Mallard, who has heart trouble and must be told carefully that her husband, Mr. Mallard, was killed in an accident. Mrs. Mallard responds to the death of her husband what she thinks to be the most appropriate way of responding, which is to cry dramatically, instead of being numb with the news. Mrs. Mallard then proceeds to go to her room to grieve alone, but then realizes that she will have independence in her life. This sudden realization of being an independent woman makes Mrs. Mallard happy. Mrs. Mallard’s sister, Josephine, calls her out of her room because she doesn’t want Mrs. Mallard to hurt herself. As they are both walking down the stairs the front door opens, and her not dead…

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