The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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The term “irony” is not easy to define perhaps because it is largely misunderstood. For instance, there are some people who use the term “irony” interchangeably with “misfortune” or the term “ironic” with “cynical.” Oftentimes, literature is an excellent teacher about what certain terms mean. Indeed, Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and Edward Arlington Robinson’s “Miniver Cheevy” seem to provide excellent insight as to what “irony” truly means. In addition to these, scrutiny of Lawrence Berkove’s analysis of Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”, provides deeper enlightenment. After reading these literary pieces, it becomes evident that irony refers to the contrast between people’s perceptions of truth and reality, as in Miniver Cheevy “The Story of an Hour” and Berkove’s “Fatal Self-Assertion In Kate Chopin's 'The Story Of An Hour'”; and, when a character states something that he or she believes to be true but the reader knows is actually false, such as in Miniver Cheevy. Irony occurs when there is a mismatch between what certain people believe to be true and what reality truly is. In “The Story of an Hour,” Mrs. Mallard experiences a triumphant feeling after hearing the news that her husband was killed in an accident. After a brief moment of grief, Mrs. Mallard realizes that with her husband’s death, she is “Free. Body and Soul, free” (338). Mrs. Mallard cherished the thought that she would no longer have to submit to her husband’s will, and would instead be in

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