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What are the different examples of verbal irony in "The Story of an Hour"?

The best example of verbal irony in Kate Chopin's "The Story of An Hour" is the story's final line. Louise dies of a heart attack upon seeing her husband alive. Her doctors believe she died because she was overjoyed, but in actuality, she died because she was disappointed over the loss of her freedom.

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The best example of verbal irony in Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" is the short story's final line.
After receiving news of her husband's untimely death, Louise Mallard is initially very upset. She cries and briefly mourns before retreating to her bedroom to quietly process her feelings alone. During this time, she realizes that although she loves her husband, she is happy that he is deceased. Just days earlier, she felt dread when she thought of the future, but now, she looks forward to the future with new enthusiasm. She feels free and liberated by her husband's passing. Her life revolved around him and now she is excited to live for herself and pursue her own passions and interests for a change.

The story ends with an ironic twist in which we find out that Brently is alive and well. He was not involved in the accident thought to have killed him and shows up at his home with no knowledge that anyone ever believed him to be dead.

Upon seeing her husband alive, Louise has a heart...

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