Ironies in The Story of an Hour

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Kate Chopin employs the tool of irony in "The Story of an Hour" to illustrate the problem relative to marital relationships in which one individual imposes his "private will" upon the other. She presents, through the story of Mrs. Mallard, an issue not socially accepted at the end of the 19th century. This is the story of Mrs. Mallard, a woman with a heart condition who finds out her husband has died in a train …

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…that her marriage will not grant her, her heart will not allow her to turn back. "The Story of an Hour" is a story of great irony. One that carries a message of hope and freedom. The title itself is self explanatory: The story refers to that of Louise Mallard's life. A woman that lived in the true sense of the word, with the will and freedom to live for only one hour. Word Count: 824