The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

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Fiction Analysis: The Story of an Hour
Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of an Hour”, is about one married woman’s true hidden feelings of being married in the 19th century. The story was published in 1894, a time where it was unacceptable for women to express their wants and needs as a woman. Women were not seen equal to men and did not have the same privileges as men such as voting. Therefore, some of her literary works were considered controversial. It wasn’t soon until the late 20 century people took note of her work and admired it. In the short story “The Story of an Hour”, Kate Chopin uses irony, symbolism, and characterization to convey the themes of oppression of marriage and repression of one’s trues thoughts and feelings.
Situational and dramatic irony are the main type of irony used throughout the story. It occurs when the final outcome of a story is complete opposite of what was originally expected. Kate Chopin uses irony to emphasize meaning in the text and to create a vivid meaningful image. A example of this would be when Mrs. Mallard’s sister, Josephine, is worried she is making herself sick by locking herself in a room Mrs. Mallard replies “Go away. I am not making myself ill." No; she was drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window” (278).The audience knows Mrs. Mallard is pleased to be liberated from an oppressive unfulfilling marriage from this example of quote. Another example of irony in the short story is the overall plot. Mrs.…
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