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Symbolism & Irony In The “The Story Of An Hour”

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Symbolisms are used in “The Story of an Hour” by using the open window by showing it as Freedom to the outside world. There are many examples to use symbolism in the story, but the most common one to be used by many others is the Open Window that represents many things that shows outside, by singing birds, treetops, blue sky, but we will get to those soon. Irony is used as a tool, because even though Mrs. Mallard dies in the end, she thought her husband was dead and she was not the only one, even the readers of the story were shocked by it.
In “The Story of an Hour”, it shows Symbolism and Irony samples in the story that you can find them everywhere.
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“Patches of blue sky showing here and there, through the clouds that had met, and piled one above the other in the west facing her window”. The blue sky represents freedom, for her the blue sky. The blue sky in this story is a sign of goodness and freedom from what is reality from many more women in this era, so that is what I believe Mrs. Mallard is going most of the days. In the story they portray Mr. Mallard as a distant husband, that does not see his wife too much, or in another person’s eyes might be abusing Mrs. Mallard and that is why she fell out of love with him.
“From the window, Louise sees blue sky, fluffy clouds, and treetops. She hears people and birds singing”. What I interpret from this quote is that she liked hearing the bird’s singing and I imagine she loved how they were happy and free from all of the human conflicts that come from being a human. The people walking or eating at some place enjoying those days, and for Mrs. Mallard she wanted to be one of those people, not struggling with her heart problem or her marriage either. I get where she is coming from but she could have been a better communicator to her husband, but yet again, the husband should have done the same thing.
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