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The Story of an Hour By Kate Chopin

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Daniel Slick

on 3 December 2012

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Daniel Slick The Story of an Hour By: Kate Chopin About the author Kate Chopin *Her father died in a train accident (Mrs. Mallard's husband "dies" in a train accident) ALSO... Kate was born in a rich family Mrs. Mallard was living a pretty good life Mrs. Mallard is informed that her husband is dead and she does not take it well. "In 1879, when Oscar’s business failed, the family moved to Cloutierville, where Oscar’s family owned a farm and a plantation store. When Oscar died in 1882, Chopin was left with six children and meager financial resources." "She published Bayou Folk in 1894, and A Night in Acadie, which contains her often anthologized short story “The Story of an Hour,” in 1897. The success of these two collections made Chopin financially independent and nationally known as a major author." Mrs. Mallard becomes exuberantly happy for her freedom and that she doesn't have to live with her husband any longer. Mrs. Mallard's husband walks into the house which causes Mrs. Mallard to go into a state of shock which kills her. "In 1899, Chopin published The Awakening, now regarded as her masterpiece....The novel was banned in St. Louis and elsewhere. As a result of the hostile reception to the novel and difficulties with publishers, Chopin wrote very little at the end of her life. Five years after the publication of The Awakening, Chopin died of a stroke in St. Louis on August 22, 1904." Quotes "...husband's death...railroad disaster..."

She chose Mrs. Mallard's husband's "death" to be a railroad accident because that is what happened to Kate's father. "There would be no one to live for during those coming years; only herself."

I think that might have been Kate's wishes when her husband died because she still had to take care of six children with little money by herself. "It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long"

I think these were Kate's thoughts when she had just become famous and when she was thinking back on her old life. Criticism Official Interpretation

"Chopin’s depiction of female self-assertion was regarded as immoral.
"The Story of an Hour" was rejected many times before it was published by Vogue. The reason why it was rejected was because of its feminist portrayal. Mary E. Papke

"...the ending of the story implies that should a woman glimpse herself as an individual and then be denied the chance to live freely, the result will be death, or the dissolution of that new identity. Unless the world changes... that there is no hope for independent, unconventional women to survive in society." Madonne M. Miner

"“The Story of an Hour” is built around the expression of a woman’s shockingly unorthodox feelings about her marriage, which is an extreme example of the theme of self-assertion.” The Awakening Also by Kate Chopin Compared to the Author's Biography This story includes a woman named Edna who is the protagonist. In one part of the story Edna starts to focus on the enjoyment of her own life. I believe Kate started to write because it was something she enjoyed doing. Compared to "The Story of an Hour" Both of these stories were centered around feminism. They both also involved the death of the protagonist, which were both females, in very sad ways. They were also centered around love and marriage. Overall, they were both showing the struggles of a woman in that time period. Literary Devices Naturalism - Even though this is not a literary device, this is the style that Kate Chopin wrote this story in. Irony - More specifically, situational irony. When Edna and Robert fall in love, you expect them to fall in love. But then Robert decides to run away because he doesn't think the relationship will work out. Then later when Robert admits his love for Edna, he runs away and Edna commits suicide. Questions Is it enough to read a plot for the plot's sake?
Why or why not? I believe if you are just intending to read the story that you shouldn't have to read the author's biography because you shouldn't have to know about the author to understand the story. Is it enough just to identify the literary devices of a story? Why or why not? No, I believe that to comprehend the story you must not only identify the literary devices but to be able to understand why they are in the story and understand the importance of them being in the story. Is the short story art just for art's sake? Does the short story have a purpose? This story wasn't only a piece of art, it was also Kate Chopin's perception on females in her time period. I think the purpose was to show how Kate Chopin felt about how the limit of powers for women weakened females. Cite 3 literary devices with quotations Imagery: "She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with new spring life." Metaphor: "She carried herself unwittingly like the goddess of Victory" Irony: "Free! Body and soul free!" Fun fact: She was inspired by Guy de Maupassant Do the literary devices unify the story? They do because it truly shows the thought process of Mrs. Mallard and without it the story would have been a little confusing. Does the literature change the way we think? Does it show that what we at first see as fact could actually just be constructions or conventions? I think that it does because at the end of the story you understand that Mrs. Mallard wasn't truly happy her husband "died" even though she acted like she was. Is it significant to the plot that we know the background of the author? For this story I don't think it matters if you know the author's background, but for other stories it might. What have you personally learned about integrity in writing and in lives from this prezi research? Integrity comes in all different ways. Sometimes people believe they are doing the right thing even when they are not. However I am still puzzled. If you believe you are doing the right thing, even though you aren't, is that considered integrity? THE END
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