Analysis Of The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

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Irony and Foreshadowing in Story of an Hour In the short story, Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin chronicles the short journey of a woman who has recently learned of the death of her husband from a railroad accident. Kate Chopin is known for her stories which revolve around women and the world from their perspective, and Story of an Hour is no exception. As a writer, Chopin utilizes and employs many rhetorical devices to add emotion and depth to her world. Though Story of an Hour is riddled with rhetorical devices in almost every sentence, the two that tend to stand out the most are the use of irony and foreshadowing. We have all definitely came into contact with either irony or foreshadowing in almost every piece of media that we consume, but it is especially true in literature. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, irony is the “ the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think,” while foreshadowing is “to represent, indicate, or typify beforehand.” In literature, these two tactics are used endlessly to provide excitement, suspense, and intrigue to the work. Irony can be seen in many works of literature, such as in Animal Farm, where a group of animals overthrow the human owners of a farm and establish their own government, only to take on the same roles as their human rulers. In the case of foreshadowing, it can be seen in numerous literary works, such as in Romeo and Juliet, where Romeo proclaims “Life were better ended by their hate, / Than death
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