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Irony in 'The Story of an Hour'

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Katie Scott

on 13 September 2013

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Transcript of Irony in 'The Story of an Hour'

Irony in 'The Story of an Hour'
What is Irony
Examples of irony in the story
Thesis and connection
Dramatic Irony
When we (the audience) know something which the characters do not
Situational Irony
When the situation does not end as it is insinuated it will
What irony is not!
Irony is not coincidence! Having a thousands spoons when you need a knife is simply bad luck. Not irony.
Situational and Dramatic irony
Mrs. Mallard's sister is worried that she is making herself sick when she is in fact happy that she is free from an oppressive and unhappy marriage
Situational irony
Mr. Mallard lives and Mrs. Mallard dies
Situational irony
Mr. Mallard dies. Mrs. Mallard cries...because she's happy.
Dramatic irony
Mrs. Mallard dies from the shock of seeing her husband. Everyone thinks she dies from joy, when in fact she dies from just the opposite
Thesis
The Kate Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour', irony is used to describe the oppressive and unhappy nature of marriages during the time period, and how the joys of freedom were something tokeep quiet about.
Situational irony
Situational irony is mostly used to show how Mrs. Mallard is happy rather than sad for her husbands death and how she is happy for freedom.
Dramatic Irony
Dramatic irony is mostly used to explain the oppressive nature of the marriage. Mrs. Mallard never told anyone she was unhappy in her marriage, so they assumed she died of happiness.
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