Ironically Reality of “the Story of an Hour”

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Ironically Reality of “The Story of an Hour” In Kate Chopin’s story “The Story of an Hour”, describe after Mrs. Marllard hear her sister told her that her husband’s death, her psychological changes in an hour. Instead of becomes extreme sadness, she experiences the joyful of the life. This character is struggling with herself, whether or not accept the new life. The detail where “her bosom rose and fell tumultuously” (par.9), is more than just a feeling, this establish the outcome, which is the death of Mrs. Mallard. This story use ironic writing technique to describe Mrs. Mallard’s mental change. At the beginning of the story, “Mrs.Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble” (par.1), this is the author foreshadows Mrs. Mallard will died of heart disease. Mrs. Mallard loves her husband very much, however, under her husband’s powerful will; she doesn’t have her own opinion. In this house, there full of her husband’s shadow, when she open the window, “she could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life” ( par.5), this shows her the desire of freedom. One side is that her husband’s death, she supposes to be sad, however, the other side is without her husband’s control, she could start her new life. She is afraid of adopt new life without her husband. “She said it over and over under her breath: ‘Free, free, free!” she comfort and encourage herself to meet new life. In the end of the story, Chopin writes that Brently Mallard still alive and Mrs. Mallard died because of the joy. It is so ironic that Mrs. Mallard only enjoys the joyful in her life only one hour. This imply at that time, women’s low status in the society and the struggle with the reality. This story uses a lot of foreshadowing and irony, these circumstances are paving the way for the central idea of the story. Although the leading
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