Verbal Irony In The Story Of An Hour

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The Story of An Hour
By: Kate Chopin (1894)

I want to analyze the short story of Kate Chopin. Kate Chopin born on February 8th, 1850 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. And she died on August 22th, 1904 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. She was a U.S. author of short stories and novels based in Louisiana. She wrote many short stories such as The Story of an Hour, The Storm, Desiree’s Baby, and A Pair of Silk Stockings. I choose The Story of An Hour because it is very interesting story. The Story of An Hour published on December 6th, 1894.
In The Story of An Hour, the main characters are Mrs. Mallard (Louise) and Mr. Mallard. The other name characters are Richards and Josephine. The story began with her sister Josephine who told Louise the news about her husband died in a railroad accident. Louise was very sad, and sometimes she wept at once. She went away to her room alone. No one followed her. She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver
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According to the dictionary: “verbal irony occurs when the speaker expresses one thing but means another.” Based on this story, the verbal irony is a conversation between Josephine and Louise. Josephine said “Louise, open the door! I beg; open the door—you will make yourself ill. What are you doing, Louise? For heaven’s sake open the door.” Louise answers that “Go away. I am not making myself ill.” The fact is she was drinking a very elixir of life through that open window. And I can see the verbal irony in the end story too that “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease—of the joy that kills.” That statement proves that she died of another thing. It is the wrong statement that joy kills her. The one thing kills her is after seeing her husband alive. She did not believe that her husband saved from the accident. Her dream as independent women destroys after her husband
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