The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin Quote

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					“The Story of an Hour”
   by Kate Chopin
 Skills: annotation, close reading,
          writing a thesis
1.   Read the prompt:
        Write an essay in which you analyze how
        Kate Chopin, in “The Story of an Hour,”
        reveals Mrs. Mallard’s mental state.
2. First reading:
   –   Try to get a sense of Mrs. Mallard’s mental state. Does it
       change? How? Highlight individual word choices that
       contribute to our sense of her mental state.
   –   Make marks on the text such as the following:
       yes you agree                   X     you disagree
       + new concept/idea              !      WOW
       ? don’t understand              *     important
   –   Circle and define the following as Chopin uses them in the
       passage. Provide a one-word synonym to each. Write the
       synonym in the margin.
       veiled             intelligence                 delicious
       repression        tumultuously             will (para. 14)
                           Close Reading
3. Second reading:
    –      Using a second color of highlighter, mark any words that foreshadow the story’s
4. In the space below, describe the irony of the ending.
5. How would you define the narrative point of view of “The Story of an Hour”? How
       does it affect our interpretation of the story?
6. Address the story’s ending. What is the possible meaning of the story’s last line?

7. Create a chart. In the left column, you will enter at least five words or phrases
      that contribute to the audience’s sense of Mrs. Mallard’s mental state. Include
      paragraph numbers for easy reference. In the right column, include your
      analysis of how those words/phrases give us an idea of her mental state.

        WORDS/PHRASES                                  ANALYSIS
        “wept… with sudden, wild abandonment”          Mrs. Mallard appears to be
                                                          terribly upset about the death
                                                          of her husband.
            8.2 Paragraphs

 Transition/Topic Sentence (1)
 Two Quotes (2)
 Explanation of Quotes (4; 2 per quote)
 Paragraph mini-conclusion (tie directly to
  thesis) (1)
              Thesis Statement
    What techniques does Chopin use in The Story of an
    Hour to reveal Mrs. Mallard’s mental state? (think:
    word choice, irony, foreshadowing)
   Thesis must be in 3-prong format.
  –    Ex: Chopin helps the reader understand Mrs. Mallard’s mental
       state through the use of ______, ______, and ______.
  –    No, it does not have to be worded that way, but it must follow
       that format.
                                  Outline Essay
      Topic Sentences and quotes. Example:
I.       Introduction
       I.     Background on Story of an Hour
       II.    Thesis: Mrs. Mallard’s mental state… (write out whole thing)
II.      Body Paragraph 1 (8.2)
       I.     Transition/topic Sentence: (write out sentence)
       II.    Quote- write quote
       III.   Explanation
       IV.    Quote- write quote
       V.     Explanation
       VI.    Mini-conclusion
III.     Body Paragraph 2 (follow above format)
IV.      Body Paragraph 3 (follow above format)
V.       Conclusion
       I.     Transition sentence
       II.    “Why I’m right” statement
       III.   Tie back to Thesis
Rhetorical Triangle
Rhetorical Framework
                           Rhetorical Continuum
                                                                                  What prompts the
                                                                                  author to speak at
                                                                                     that time?

To whom is the author
writing? How does the
 author appeal to the                                                              What does the author want to
       audience?                                                                happen? What does the author want
            Does the author show his credibility                                   the audience to believe or do?
            – that he knows relevant info about                               Does the author offer a clear, reasonable
                the topic? Is he believable?                                    central idea? Does he develop it with
                                                                             appropriate reasoning, examples, or details?

                                                                                          Does the author draw on the
                                                                                          emotions and interests of the
                                                                                              audience so they will
                                                                                           sympathize and buy into his
                                                                                            central idea or argument?

                                                           “word pictures”            Descriptive language such
         Word choice                  Sentence structure                                 as metaphor, simile,
                                                            that appeal to
                                                                senses               personification, symbol, etc.

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