First, read Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of an Hour” in your textbook. Choose one of the following questions and write a thoughtful, insightful response, using supporting quotations from the story to illustrate your claims. Aim for 2 to 4 well-developed paragraphs.
1) Chopin heavily utilizes symbolism in her story. Describe three symbols in detail, making sure you discuss their relevance to the story’s themes.
2) Mrs. Mallard is described as suffering from a heart condition. How does this malady affect her character and the events in the story?
3) Analyze the plot structure of the story. Is there any foreshadowing? What would you say is the climax of the story?
4) Does this story provide a feminist theme? Why or why not?