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Irony in “The Blue Hotel” and “The Story of an Hour”

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Sanchez, 1 Antonio Sanchez Comp I Dr. Holmes October 17, 2002 Irony in "The Blue Hotel" and "The Story of an Hour" Many writers use irony in their short stories to prove a point, or just to develop a story. Two prime examples of irony use in short stories are Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" and Stephen Crane's "The Blue Hotel." In these two stories, irony seems to come in a pair with death. Without death, there is not much irony, and without any irony, there is not much of a tragic story. In Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour," the first irony that one notices is that of Louise's reaction to the news of her husband's death. ...read more.


countless sparrows twittering...patches of blue sky..." These descriptions of what Louise saw are highlighted more by he whispering, "Free, Free, Free!" Thus meaning she is not mourning, but ironically, joyful of her husband's death. An hour later, as the story's title describes, Louise's husband returns home unharmed. When Louise collapses at the sight of her "dead" husband, the reader understands Louise's circumstances as having to return to her "freedom-less" life, but the doctors explain the cause of her death as, "Joy that kills." Sanchez, 2 In "The Blue Hotel" the reader is introduced to the Swede, who mistakenly perceives his surroundings as the Wild West from the dimes stories he had read. ...read more.


He "Grasped the gambler frenziedly at the throat, and was dragging him from his chair...then was seen a long blade in the had of the gambler. It shot forward, and a human body...was pierced as easily as if it had been a melon." Even though the people at the hotel did not physically kill the Swede, by not helping the Swede calm down and respecting his views, they did in fact help kill the Swede. Irony is a powerful tool in writing. Without the element of irony, the reader would have no true unexpected reactions to the readings. It is plain to see that irony comes in pair with death in short stories, most of the time. "The Story of an Hour" and "The Blue Hotel" are prime examples of how irony is used in a story. ...read more.

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