Writing Assignment
on
Kate Chopin's "Story of an Hour"

 


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There is a Study Guide to this story.  You should work your way through it before attempting this writing assignment.

You may also wish to review the general instructions on writing assignments.


In about a page (single-spaced, typed, standard margins, 12-point font), address the following question:  what are the main issues raised by the character of the protagonist of Chopin's story, as revealed in the conflict she undergoes in the course of it, in the way that conflict is resolved, and in what happens at the end? [See note.]

Before leaping into the actual business of writing, take some time to analyze carefully the question as posed.  If you do this, you can see that,

  • before you can discuss (or for that matter, even detect) the main issues raised by Mrs. Mallard's nature,

Somewhere in the process of doing this, you'd want to have something to say about the implied and dramatized history of this conflict:

Look carefully, in other words, at the way she experiences what happens to her, and try to understand why she experiences it in this way.


Some clarifications of terminology:


  Consult the Study Guide to this story before attempting this writing assignment.

  You may also wish to review the general instructions on writing assignments.


  Suggestions are welcome.  Please send your comments to lyman@ksu.edu .

      Contents copyright 1999 by Lyman A. Baker

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  This page last updated 28 March 1999.