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Question #1: (The Story of an Hour)My initial reaction to "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin was a bit of confusion as towhat was actually happening. This was because it took me a while to identify the ironic foreshadowing that was used and its purpose. I feel like it resonated pretty well with my beliefs on marriage. In that, I believe marriage should be 'til death do us part.' Upon hearing the news that her husband had died, Louise started a down-hill spiral, freaking out to the point of feeling a sense of relief that he was gone. When the ending comes she dies upon seeing that he is actually alive (Chopin).Question #2: (The Story of an Hour)In the short story, "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin, foreshadowing plays a big part in creating irony. There are two main instances where this occurs: first, the possibility that Brentley Mallard is actually alive and second, that Mrs. Mallard will die. In paragraph 2, "killed"is in quotations that possibly symbolizes that Brentley Mallard is not actually dead, as everyone was lead to believe. When Chopin describes Mrs. Mallard's state of being through much of the story, it is clear that something odd is occurring. In paragraph 20, it becomes clear that she knows death for her is coming, as it says, "There was a feverish triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory" (Chopin). At the end of the story it is ironicthat while Brentley Mallard comes in, alive, his wife Louise passes away which is the exact opposite as what was originally laid out in the beginning of the story.

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