Essay heading: "The Story of Hour" Irony Analysis

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Instead of being saddened by the loss of her husband, Mrs. Mallard is relieved. "She saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome" (189). Mrs. Mallard, instead of wondering who will support her in years to come, realizes that she will have no one binding her anymore...
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She thinks, "What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in face of this possession of self-assertion" (189). Mrs. Mallard is pleased that her husband has died, which certainly is not the reaction that one would expect. Another case of situational irony is the description of Mrs. Mallard's surroundings after hearing the news of her husband's death...
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