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Kate Chopins The Story of an Hour describes the mental processes and behavior of a woman upon discovering the recent news of her husbands death This story points out the seriousness of some womens oppressive lives in the late 1800s with situational and dramatic irony concerning the life and death of the protagonist Louise Mallard The contrast between what is predicted to happen and what actually happens compels the reader to look closely to peculiar reactions unexpected descriptions and ultimately the ironic joyous death of Mrs Mallard These employments of irony reflect the strength of Louise Mallards need for freedom in an oppressive and overbearing world The story begins with the discovery of Brently Mallards death After hearing tragic news like this one would expect the widow to feel most depressed and significantly troubled by this type of event yet this is not the case with Mrs Mallard She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same 182 At first she is distressed by the initial shock of the news and she weeps at once with sudden wild abandonment 182 Later on she rushes upstairs to her room to find a new spring life 182 This form of irony called situational immediately puzzles the reader and interests himher to figure out why this woman is so delighted with the news of her husbands death The weather outside her window in this scene depicts a cheerful sunny day with singing birds and blue skies quite unlike the expected gloom and sadness brought on by this kind of discovery As she becomes aware of what her husbands death actually means physical changes come over her Now her bosom rises and falls tumultuously signifying breathing lungs and her pulses beat fast and the coursing blood warms and relaxes every inch of her body suggesting a beating heart 182 This description compares with the commencement of life but in Mrs Mallards condition this is the
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