In to the end ,almost everything seems ironic, however

        In Kate Chopin’s short story “The Story
of an Hour”, one can point out a lot of irony in it. From Mr. Mallard being presumed dead, to Josephine being
worried that Mrs. Mallard had locked herself in her room and was making herself
ill, when in fact she is actually in her room contemplating how wonderful her
life is going to be, it is quite evident that from the beginning of the story
to the end ,almost everything seems ironic, however the last sentence in the story
when the doctor says ” she had died of heart disease—of joy that
kills. “(Chopin), seems to be the most notably
ironic due to the fact that it  is a representation of the loss that she experiences by
the knowledge that she will not be able to live the new life that she imagined
for herself.

  On learning that her husband did not die in
the train wreck as she was initially told, Mrs. Mallard has a sudden heart
attack. This information, is sure to prick the interest of any reader because
it is evident in the final part of the story that she is excited for her new
life when it says “She
arose at length and opened the door to her sister’s importunities. There was a feverish
triumph in her eyes, and she carried herself unwittingly like a goddess of Victory.
She clasped her sister’s waist, and together they descended the stairs” (Chopin).The story being so short and compact, any reader
can quickly understand the strange excitement that Mrs. Mallard felt when she
gets the news that  her husband had died,
only to be disappointed when she finds out that he is still alive.

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        The conclusion to the story is very
important, because if the story had ended any differently, it would have taken
away all the inner experiences that the reader has shared with Mrs. Mallard. If
she had gone downstairs  and was in tears
and welcomed her husband home, it would have meant that all of her initial feelings
of joy that she could now live a new life of freedom, and the oppression described
earlier in the story was  exaggerated. But
her sudden death on seeing that her husband was indeed alive affirms her
feelings and satisfies her sudden death.