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Story of an Hour



The use of irony makes stories enjoyable to read. Stories with irony keeps readers
interested and in suspense. The use of irony Kate Chopin uses in the short story “The
Story of an Hour” keeps readers attached to the story and lets readers understand Mrs.
Mallard’s true feelings about her husband. The way Mrs. Mallard expresses her emotions
towards her husband makes the story likable. Her character traits and the way Chopin puts
the ironic twist into the story keeps you interested.

What I liked about the story was how Chopin used irony to inform readers of Brently
Mallards false death. Her use of irony kept me in suspense throughout the story and
shocked me at the end where I learned that Brently Mallard was still alive. The reason
Chopin informs readers of his false death is to let readers know how Mrs. Mallard feels
towards her husband. She did not hear the story as most women would have. Instead, she
did not feel pity or agony for her husband. Once Brently supposedly dies, Mrs. Mallard is
now looking forward to the future.

What I also liked was how Chopin used good details when she describes Mrs. Mallard. She
describes her as being “young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and
even a certain strength.” You can easily paint a picture of Mrs. Mallard’s face with
Chopin’s details. It makes the story a lot easier to read and it keeps you interested.
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