Ironyin Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”

InKate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”, the author uses ironythrough much of the story. The story ends up with a tragic result ofone woman dying in a more seemingly male-dominated universe. Theauthor leads the reader into believing that the story could possiblyresult in a happy ending. However, the fate Mrs. Mallard is in, whois also the main character, result in an ironic ending. Mrs. Mallardis about to be informed about her husband’s death, Mr. Mallard. Asexpected, the news is supposed to take a toll on the woman’s badheart condition. Almost immediately, the reader would feel a sense ofsituational irony after being told about it. Mrs. Mallard retreats tothe house, into her room, sits down, and stares through the window.

Itis what Mrs. Mallard sees through the window that reveals a sense ofsituational irony of the whole story. Mrs. Mallard sees “the treetops that were entirely aquiver with the new spring life” (Chopin182). Here, the irony is presented in that now Mrs. Mallard willexperience a new life in the manner she had yearned for years. “Therewon’t be anybody to stay with her in the coming years she wouldonly live for herself” (Chopin 182). The few patches of the bluesky shown through the scattered clouds, delicious smell of air andrain, and twittering sparrows all represent a new life Mrs. Mallardis about to experience. However, this is when the poem takes anexpected turn when Mrs. Mallard is about to enjoy a new life, shediscovered that her husband, Mr. Mallard is not dead after all.


Chopin,Kate. TheComplete Works of Kate Chopin., 1969. Print.