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“The Story of an Hour”: Irony

April 4, 2012 by mrmasten · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

Describe one instance of situational irony and one instance of dramatic irony found in “The Story of an Hour.”

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  • somertrevmiller

    One instance of situational irony from “The Story of an Hour,” was when Mrs. Mallard was descending the stairs. As she was near the bottom; her husband whom she thought that had died in a train wreck, appeared from behind the front door. Untouched from the railroad disaster, stood the man that gave her an unhappy marriage.
    An instance of dramatic irony from the same story would be after Mrs. Mallard heard that her husband “died” in a railroad disaster. That while locked herself in a room, to mourn the loss of her husband. She came to a realization, that she is free from the unhappy marriage that was leading her life.

  • Orlinda

    The Irony of the story is situational because Mrs. Millard was married but she was very unhappy about her marriage. Her husband had been killed in a railroad tragedy accident. After her husband died she locked herself in the room. Everyone didn’t know how unhappy she was with her marriage; after awhile she realized that with her husband gone Mrs. Millard was very happy that she got out of a terrible marriage she was in with Brently. The dramatic irony is when the doctors think that Mrs. Millard was killed by a over joy feeling she had when her husband died, but us “the readers” know that she was killed because of her husband death. She was devastated.

  • jeri18

    The situational irony from “The Story of an Hour”, was when Mrs. Mallard realized her husband was dead and she felt free. She actually liked the idea of it. The dramatic irony is when Mrs. Mallard died not of heart disease, because of the surprise of her husband’s return as he waited at the front door.

  • Mika

    One instance of situational and dramatic irony found in “The Story of an Hour” was found at the end of the story where the husband so happened to be alive and not dead which leaves us the reader surprised because the main character, the wife, did not have a sad or huge reaction to the news of her husbands’ death like we’d expect her to have. Surprisingly, she felt free and excited; excited to start her life over and explore new things on her own, we thought she might have been depressed to lose her husband. We knew that the wife had been unhappy in her marriage and I assume her husband did not know his wife was unhappy. That’s something the main character and the readers share throughout the story.

  • emmijaaye

    One instance of situational irony in “The Story of an Hour” is of when Mrs. Mallard learns of the death of her husband, she at first reacts as any person would at the news of losing someone near and dear; crying and isolating herself, but eventually she realizes she was free. Free from a bad marriage, which she was fairly happy about, but towards the end of the story her husband appears at the door; unharmed and unknowing of the accident that happened. At this point it goes into dramatic irony of how Mrs. Mallard dies. The doctor says she died of heart disease but really we, the readers, know she died because of a letdown, her husband was not dead and she was not free. It was one of those I-rather-die things;)

  • Johnathan Jake

    The situational irony from “The Story of an Hour”, was when Mrs. Mallard realized her husband had died in a train wreck, everyone saw that she very happy abut the lost, but really she was devasted and she isolated her self in her room. Deep inside She actually liked the idea of it, starting to start her marriage with another person that she could be happy with. The dramatic irony is when Mrs. Mallard died not of heart disease, because of the surprise of her husband’s return as he waited at the front door, everyone thought she died of over joy.

  • ryn tso

    The situational irony is when her husband had died and she had a little happiness an flet like she was set free and her soul was also free, that her husband was dead. The dramatic irony in when her husband had been alive all this time and been waiting and when he return his wife had died of a heart disease and the joy that kills, guess she had died because she was over excited too see her husband back alive.

  • redhouse

    One instance of situational irony is when the husband had been killed in a railroad accident and she then she realizes she is now free from the bad marriage that she was in. the dramatic irony was when she finds her husband waiting for her at the front door and she dies from a over joyed heart disease.

  • poohbear3411

    One of instance situational irony in “The Story of an Hour” was when Mrs. Millard realized that her husband had died in a train wreck. Everybody assumed she was happy about her lost but she was divested and she goes in her room and isolated herself in there. The thought of being single can start a marriage with someone she loves and can be happy with, she like it. The dramatic irony when Mrs. Millard dies, because her husband surprised her when he waited at the door. Everyone thought she dies of being over joyed.

  • marcelles montecinos

    When Mrs. Mallard hears of her husband dying and she likes the sound of being single because she had a bad marraige. That is an example of situational irony. When she is descending the stairs from her room she thinks she is single and she sees her husband is just fine and she dies instantly when she sees him. That is an example of dramatic irony.

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