Situational Irony The Interlopers

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The Story of an Hour, and The Interlopers can be compared and contrasted in many different ways. They both make use of irony, and have similar endings. The theme, however, is different in these stories. Irony has three main uses. Verbal, situational, and dramatic. Verbal irony is when a person says something other than what they mean. Situational irony is when one thing is expected, but the exact opposite happens, and dramatic irony is when the audience knows something that the characters do not. Both The Interlopers, and The Story of an Hour make use of situational irony. The Story of an Hour is when the husband is said to have died, but at the end, the wife dies when the husband walks in the door alive and well. (Chopin 1, 2.) The Interlopers used situational irony when the two men go out to kill each other, only to make up and be killed by wolves. (Saki 1, 5, 6, 7.) This is similar in the stories.…show more content…
While The Interlopers is about making up after years of hatred, The Story of an Hour is about freedom from marriage. Chopin writes, “There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature.” The Story of an Hour says that marriage is bondage, even if the two love each other. They are restricted by their spouse, no matter how much love they have for each
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