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Kate Chopin And The Story Of An Hour

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Symbolism is one of the most common yet complicated literary devices. Symbols are something that represents an object, person, or an idea. The American flag is a perfect example of symbolism simply because it symbolizes justice and freedom. The wishbone is another, many believe that it symbolizes the ability to grant a wish or even heal the sick. There is even the four leaf clover which is symbolized as a good luck charm. Some symbols can represent bad things like death and other negative stuff. This is why symbolism has a lot of irony. Irony can be used and defined in many different ways. It usually means the opposite or sarcasm. For examplea, if I told my friend “I have to work all day” and she replied with “how fun!” then she is being sarcastic which brings irony. Another great example is if a knight had a sword to protect him, and he somehow ends up dying by this sword, it would be ironic since the sword was made to protect him.
Because of Mrs. Mallard’s heart condition, everyone basically tiptoes around her and treats her carefully. Soon her sister along with a family friend discover that Mr. Mallard had been killed in an accident. With caution they gently confronted Mrs. Mallard and told her the heart breaking truth of her husband’s death. After crying her eyes out she locked herself in her room to be alone. Though she seemed terrified she also realizes that she has freedom she is truly saddened by his death, but she feels liberated and free for the first time. As Mrs. Mallard is having this epiphany her sister keeps trying to check up on her. Finally now that Mrs. Mallard has come out of her room, fully resolved, Mrs. Mallard and her sister decide to go down stairs. As this is happening Mr. Mallard enters the house healthy and alive and injury free. Though Richards and Josephine tried to protect Mrs. Mallard from the sight, they can’t. She receives a huge shock that they tried to prevent at the beginning of the story. The medics who examined Mrs. Mallard say that she was full of so much happiness that it murdered her.
In “story of an hour” it has many symbols that represent many different things. Also shows many different irony’s in many situations that show the opposite of what is implied. Mrs. Mallard well represented women of her time, she never had any freedom whatever her husband said went and was never happy in the marriage she was in. in the early 1900's woman’s “freedom within the marriage are restricted”, they lived day by day, and were house wives up until world war II. With such little freedom they basically felt like slaves. In her marriage Mrs. Mallard did love her husband Mr. Mallard, but she wasn’t happy. With so much unhappiness and depression it Is possible that this may have lead to her heart condition. These heart troubles weren’t just mentally but physically as well. Even if her heart troubles weren’t brought up by her husband they would still be there emotionally. The main reason for her heart troubles is because...

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