Irony : The Story Of An Hour

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Irony is the “literacy language or literary style in which actions, events, or words are the opposite of what readers expect” (McWhorter 986). In the short story, “The Story of an Hour,” the author shows irony throughout to create a dramatic effect. She starts the story off with talking about a woman, Mrs. Mallard who has just lost her husband in a railroad accident. Throughout the start of the story, many details are revealed through dramatic iron and situational irony. Kate Chopin adds mystery to her story by using situational irony. Situational iron refers to the opposite of what is supposed to happen. An example of this kind of iron is shown towards the end of the story when, “Someone was opening the front door with a latchkey. It was Brenty Mallard who entered, a little travel-stained, composedly carrying his gripsack and an umbrella. He had not been far from the accident, and did not even know there had been one” (Chopin Par.21). Brently Mallard is supposed to be dead, so it is ironic when he walks through the door alive. It is also extremely shocking because he does not even know about the accident that had supposedly killed him. Brently Mallard’s friend, Richards had been the first to hear of the accident. “her husband 's friend Richards was there, too, near her. It was he who had been in the newspapers office when intelligence of the railroad disaster was received, with Brently Mallard’s name leading the list of “killed”” (Chopin Par.2). It is ironic that his name

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