Irony

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Ironies of The Story of the Hour by Kate Chopin

I. Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is a story of irony. Irony is an incongruity between expectations for a situation and what is reality. Chopin uses three forms of irony in her story: situational, verbal, and dramatical in her story.

II. Verbal Irony- The use of words to mean something different than what they appear to mean.
A. The title of the story- “The Story of the Hour”
1.The story only takes minutes to read, although it takes place over just an hour, but feels like a lifetime to the characters.
B. The doctor came and said she had died of heart disease- of joy that kills.
III. Situational Irony- The difference between what is expected to happen and what actually happens.
A. Mrs. Mallard is happy rather than sad for her husband’s death and how she is happy for freedom from him and their marriage.
1. Mr. Mallard dies. Mrs. Mallard
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Mallard, hearing the news that her husband has been in an accident and has been killed. Chopin used irony as a way engage the reader with unexpected twists and turns. Irony is an incongruity between expectations for a situation and what is reality. Chopin uses three forms of irony in her story: situational, verbal, and dramatical in her story. Verbal irony is the use of words to mean something different than what they appear to mean. The title of the short story it’s self is a good example of verbal irony. “The Story of the Hour” only takes minutes to read, yet the story spans over an hours’ time, and feels like a lifetime to the characters in it. Another example of verbal irony comes in the last sentence of the story. “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease-of joy that kills” The doctors thought that Mrs. Mallard was joyous to see that her husband was alive but she was actually shocked and distressed that he was

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