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The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin The first thing I noticed while reading Story of an Hour was the amount of irony Kate Chopin used throughout the story This gave me a mixed reaction to her work At first I didnt understand her usage of irony and thought that it made the story less somber than I thought it should be considering the events The first irony I came across was in the way that Louise reacts when she is told that her husband Brently Mallard is dead But before Chopin tells us Louises reaction she explains how the newly widowed woman feels by describing the world according to her perception of it after the horrible news Louise is said to not hear the story as many women have heard the same She seems to accept the news a little too calmly and goes to her room to be alone It is now that I began to see the world as Louise did The death of her husband had brought her a new world with pure life While in her room we are told Louise sinks into a comfortable chair and looks out her window Immediately the image of comfort seems to be out of place I wondered why she was comfortable and why she wasnt so upset that she did not start to beat the furniture instead Next the widow is gazing out the window and seeing all these signs of spring and the new life it symbolizes Another part I found ironic were the descriptions used to describe the scene outside the window They were as far away from death as possible The delicious breath of rainthe notes of a distant songcountless sparrows were twitteringpatches of blue sky These are all beautiful images of life I was quite confused by the way she was observing things until Louise began to explain her actions and why she was viewing the death
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