“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. Skills: annotation, close reading, writing a thesis. Annotation. 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. Annotation. 2. First reading:
Skills: annotation, close reading, writing a thesis
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:
yes you agree X you disagree
+ new concept/idea ! WOW
? don’t understand * important
veiled intelligence delicious repression tumultuously will (para. 14) riot
3. Second reading:
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.
“wept… with sudden, wild abandonment” Mrs. Mallard appears to be
terribly upset about the death
of her husband.
What techniques does Chopin use in The Story of an Hour to reveal Mrs. Mallard’s mental state? (think: word choice, irony, foreshadowing)
What prompts the author to speak at that time?
To whom is the author writing? How does the author appeal to the audience?
What does the author want to happen? What does the author want the audience to believe or do?
Does the author show his credibility – that he knows relevant info about the topic? Is he believable?
Does the author offer a clear, reasonable 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?
Descriptive language such as metaphor, simile, personification, symbol, etc.
“word pictures” that appeal to senses