Presentation on theme: "+ “The Story of an Hour” By Kate Chopin. + Kate Chopin She is an American writer of short stories and novels. Chopin wrote about issues concerning women."— Presentation transcript:
+ Kate Chopin She is an American writer of short stories and novels. Chopin wrote about issues concerning women long before the feminist movement. She had a free independent spirit. Chopin did not care much about the strict rules of society. Just like her protagonist, Chopin’s husband died unexpectedly. She mourned and felt his loss; but no sooner did she embrace her independence.
+ Analysis Plot (closed): In one hour, we meet Louise Mallard who learns about the death of her husband from a train crash. She is sad and in despair; but no sooner does she realize her freedom. However, her “supposedly” dead husband shows up suddenly and she dies out of shock (not joy). Characters: Louise Mallard (major) Brently Mallard, Josephine, Richards (minor) Setting: - Place: The Mallard’s house - Time: An hour (around 1894)
+. Themes: - The hidden joy of independence. - Time (in such a short period, so much can happen) - Words and Communication (the way news is delivered is more important than the news itself) - Death (the supposed death of her husband made her alive and cheerful; but when he turned out to be alive, she died.) Narration: Third person omniscient (the narrator takes the reader into the mind and feelings of Louise)
+. Structure: The shortness of the story and the shortness of the paragraphs fits the subject of the story. The whole story takes place in an hour. Style: Poetic because of: (a) The repetition of words: “free, free, free!” (pg 2) (b) The repetition of phrases & sentences: “life might be long” (pg 3) (c) Alliteration: “the sounds, the scents, the color” (pg 2) Tone: Sadness mixed with joy and fear. She is sad at first, but then she is afraid to be happy: “something coming to her and she was waiting for it, fearfully.”
+. Exposition: The news of the death of the husband in a train crash. Rising action: Louise cries and grieves the death of her husband. Climax: She starts to feel joy about her own independence: “free, free, free!” Falling action: Josephine knocks on her door and Louise steps out of her room, feeling triumph. Dénouement: The “dead” husband shows up and Louise dies.
+. Conflict: Internal conflict (within Louise). She is relieved that her husband died, but she is afraid to feel that joy. Foreshadow: The mention of “heart trouble” in the beginning foreshadows her later death of heart disease. Irony: - Situational irony: the “dead” husband shows up in the end. - Dramatic irony: The doctors in the story claim that Louise died out of joy; while the readers know she died out of shock and distress.
+. Symbol: - The open widow symbolizes her new gained freedom after the death of her husband. - The comfortable roomy armchair symbolizes her new position in life. Imagery: - Visual: “patches of blue sky” - Auditory: “sparrows twittering” / “peddler was crying” - Olfactory: “The delicious breath of rain” - Kinesthetic: “they descended the stairs”
+ Important Quotations “And yet she had loved him … … impulse of her being!” (pg. 2) Some one was opening … … of joy that kills.” (pg. 3)