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Irony is an important element of Kate Chopins short story The Story of an Hour The readers expectations of how Louise will respond to her husbands death and his return are not met For example the reader expected Louise to be sad but Louise becomes happy Instead of being ill because of sadness she becomes excited about living for a long time Brentlys return kills Louise instead of bring her happiness the reader expects Chopin uses irony in the story to challenge the traditional conventions about marriage Although Louise is sad about the death of her husband she also realizes that her Life goes on When Josephine and Richards tell her the news of her husbands death she wept at once with sudden wild abandonment in her sisters arms 439 this gives the reader the impression that Mrs Mallard is going to be extremely upset that Mr Mallard has died in the train accident After she cries she goes into her room along this is important because it means that Louise does not want comforting from Josephine and Richards In the room Louise sits in the comfortable roomy armchair pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul 439 It gives the reader the images that Louise feels safe and has found a remedy to life She sees the spring in the air through the windows before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life The delicious breath of rain was in the air In the street below a peddler was crying his wares The notes of distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly 439 The spring represents a new season and symbolizes a new life for Louise The peddler and the song represent life going on
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