“The Story of an Hour” is a short story by Kate Chopin’s. It is a story about marriage, one filled with rather many instances of irony. It is about a lady, Mrs. Mallard, and how she reacts to the news she receives about the apparent death of her husband. She suffers a heart condition and thus when her sister and friend, Robert come over to give her the unfortunate news, they do it carefully to prevent a possible heart failure due to the shock of the news. Mrs. Mallard’s reaction to the news, her perceived feeling regarding her husband’s death and the ones she is thought to have for him, and how the story ends present instances of irony as discussed below.
Firstly, it is ironical for her sister and friends to think she is deeply in love with her husband whereas she is not. The people who tell her about her husband’s death do it gently to avoid shocking her as she has a heart condition that puts her at risk of death in case of shock. Her sister Josephine avoids telling her the truth at once. She gives her subtle clues till …show more content…
Mallard’s case of death is ironical. She dies because of too much happiness. If at all anything should have killed her, it was supposed to be the grief of losing her husband. That piece of information had no apparent effect on her. All along, Robert and Josephine had tried to deliver the shocking news gently as possible to prevent her shock. She took the news in good grace. It excited her. Perhaps too much. Within minutes of receiving the news, she is planning an exhilarating life for herself. While locked up in her room, her sister thinks that she was devastated by the demise of her husband and was making herself sick while she was not. What resulted in her death was the most unexpected thing. Not the shock of her husband being pronounced dead or the excitement of seeing him alive, but the killing of her joy. Crushing of her sense of new found freedom. The realization that her joy was short