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Kate Chopin uses irony and symbolisim in THe Story of an Hour to show the nature of oppression of women in the late eighteen hundreds Mrs Mallard there is iriny just in her name a mallard is and should be a wild free duck an untamed animalBut this mallardMrs Mallard is the very oposite she is a controlled domesticated tamed animalHer life is controlled by socitey and she is domesticated by her husband She is powerless in her marriage life Knowing That Mrs Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husbands death The opening sentance of The Story of an Hour shows a great irony in the Story The idea that Mrs Mallards heart trouble is assumed to be physical when in actuality her heart trouble is emotional The cause of her emotional heart trouble is her marrige and the restraints that are put on her by it Symbolisim is found in Mrs mallards room where she goes to be alone after hearing the news of her husbands death The very first thing she does is sink into a comfortable roomy armchair expressing that she i not uncomfortable with the death of her husband Sinking into the chair suggests that the idea has sunken in and now she has more room in her life the room to do the things that she wants instead of what her husband wantsShe now has the space to grow The open window shoes her freedom her space all the places she is free to go now that she is uncontrolled by her husband All of the things tha tshe can now become because she has the room to do so without her husband Also out of that window of freedom is springtime A time for new beginning a time of growth a time to start over She sees all these things apply to
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