The Story Of An Hour
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In Kate Chopins 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 Louises 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 Louises 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 seems to
strike a odd note. One reading this story should question the
use of this word ” comfortable” and why Louise is not
beating the furniture instead. Next, the newly widowed
women is looking out of the window and sees spring and all
the new life it brings. The descriptions used now are as far
away from death as possible. “The delicios breath of
rainthe notes of a distant song…countless sparrows were
twittering…patches of blue sky….” All these are beautiful
images of life , the reader is quite confused by this most
unusual foreshadowing until Louises 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

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