Irony in the Works of Kate Chopin and Guy De Maupassant

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Outline and Thesis Introduction Thesis: In the end of the each story, the woman is wholly undone by the society in which she lives; she is destroyed when she is unable to live up to the ideal of womanhood that her society dictates. The irony that serves the end of each story is the final blow, which undoes the woman and finishes her life. Paragraph 1: Story of an Hour as unhappy marriage Paragraph 2: ironic twist in Story of an Hour Paragraph 3: reason for Louis Mallard's death Paragraph 4: irony as the cause of death Paragraph 5: The Necklace summary/analysis Paragraph 6: conflict and irony Paragraph 7: result of ironic twist Conclusion: Irony in Chopin and Maupassant Irony is a literary device wherein what the reader expects to occur does not and the events that transpire are wholly surprising. Authors throughout literary history have used this devise to surprise and entertain the reader. Kate Chopin and Guy de Maupassant both utilize irony in their respective short stories "The Story of an Hour" and "The Necklace." In each story a woman who is believed to be happy in the role of a proper Victorian and thus subservient female but ironically proves herself to be something other than the ideal woman of that society and instead is something altogether different. Both Louise Mallard and Mathilde Loisel belong to a period where woman was to be seen and not heard, to follow the will of their husbands and to suffer any unhappiness in silence. In the end
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