Irony In Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

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The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin, is a protofeminist short story that contains emotional twists and turns of irony and tragedy in just an hour. Kate Chopin displays the dynamic between men and women in relationships during the nineteenth century as this story was written in 1894. The story begins with the main protagonist, Mrs. Mallard, who is introduced to us by the heart problem she has. Her sister Josephine and her husband’s friend Richard, are with Mrs. Mallard to inform her with caution, due to her heart condition, the devastating news that her husband Brently, has been killed by a railroad disaster.
During this time, many women were dependent on their husband and Kate Chopin successfully magnifies the period of how women’s right weren’t emphasized or even worth, as they were considered a possession of men which might have caused them to lose their freedom after marriage. Mrs. Mallard feels joy widowhood grants her after the news of her husband’s death, rather than showing what would be normal from a wife, pain and grief. Kate Chopin also uses various approaches to create the image of the freedom Mrs. Mallard felt throughout the story from love to repression.
Mrs. Mallard displays a sense of shock at first and disbelief as it is described by, “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms.” Following with, “When the storm of
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