Story Of An Hour Thesis Statements

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1 Literary Analysis The Story of an Hour
Thesis Statements, Topic Sentences, Body Paragraphs, Introductions, & Conclusions

2 Thesis StatementThesis statement = An intellectual proposal – your argument/position/stance

3 Thesis StatementExamples: Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is a good story. Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is an entertaining story. Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” is easy to understand. Kate Chopin creates a theme of __________ in “The Story of an Hour.”

4 Kate Chopin is able to create a theme of freedom in her story, “The Story of an Hour”, by using dramatic irony, situational irony, and symbolism.

5 Using your thesis to create topic sentences
Each body paragraph will begin with a topic sentence.*these are very simple examples

6 Kate Chopin is able to create a theme of freedom in her story, “The Story of an Hour”, by using dramatic irony, situational irony, and symbolism.One of the ways the author is able to create a theme of freedom is by using dramatic irony.

7 Kate Chopin is able to create a theme of freedom in her story, “The Story of an Hour”, by using dramatic irony, situational irony, and symbolism.One of the ways the author is able to create a theme of freedom is by using dramatic irony.Another way that the author is able to create a theme of freedom is by using situational irony.

8 Kate Chopin is able to create a theme of freedom in her story, “The Story of an Hour”, by using dramatic irony, situational irony, and symbolism.One of the ways the author is able to create a theme of freedom is by using dramatic irony.Another way that the author is able to create a theme of freedom is by using situational irony.A final way that the author is able to create a theme of freedom is by using symbolism.

9 Body Paragraphs

10 One of the ways the author is able to create a theme of freedom is by using dramatic irony.
Begin with your topic sentence

11 One of the ways the author is able to create a theme of freedom is by using dramatic irony. Dramatic irony occurs when the audience thinks or expects one thing and a character does, thinks, says, or feels another.Elaborate – Define the literary device: in your own words

12 One of the ways the author is able to create a theme of freedom is by using dramatic irony. Dramatic irony occurs when the audience thinks or expects one thing and a character does, thinks, says, or feels another. An example of this occurs when Louise says, “free, free, free!” (Chopin 1).Provide evidence from the text – embed quotes – use a parenthetical (author’s last name + pg.#)

13 One of the ways the author is able to create a theme of freedom is by using dramatic irony. Dramatic irony occurs when the audience thinks or expects one thing and a character does, thinks, says, or feels another. An example of this occurs when Louise says, “free, free, free!” (Chopin 1). The reader expects Louise to be distraught at the loss of her husband, when in fact, she is actually happy about it.Add explanation/analysis

14 One of the ways the author is able to create a theme of freedom is by using dramatic irony. Dramatic irony occurs when the audience thinks or expects one thing and a character does, thinks, says, or feels another. An example of this occurs when Louise says, “free, free, free!” (Chopin 1). The reader expects Louise to be distraught at the loss of her husband, when in fact, she is actually happy about it. Louise is elated because she realizes that she is now free.Connect to thesis/topic sentence

15 Ellipsis & Brackets These can be used to help embed your quotes
Original: An example of situational irony occurs when “it was Brently Mallard who entered” (Chopin 2) alive. Modified: An example of situational irony occurs when “Brently Mallard…enter[s]” (Chopin 2) alive. …  ellipsis to take away [ ]  brackets to add or change

16 General  Specific Opening  Thesis
IntroductionsGeneral  Specific Opening  Thesis

17 Gender inequality/oppression
IntroductionsAmerican S.S.Female AuthorAmerican F. Author19th Century AuthorMini-biographyGender inequality/oppressionPossible Topics Short Story 19th Century S.S. American Author Feminist Author Theme

18 IntroductionsAmerican Short Story Begin with a blanket (general) statement: Ex: Much of America’s greatest literature comes in the form of the short story.

19 IntroductionsAmerican Short Story Elaborate: Much of America’s greatest literature come in the form of the short story. Some of this country’s most respected authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, were short story author’s.

20 IntroductionsAmerican Short Story Get more specific: Much of America’s greatest literature come in the form of the short story. Some of this country’s most respected authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, were short story author’s. One author that stands out was Kate Chopin, for her focus on strong female characters and individual freedom.

21 IntroductionsAmerican Short Story Add your thesis: Much of America’s greatest literature come in the form of the short story. Some of this country’s most respected authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, were short story author’s. One author that stands out was Kate Chopin, for her focus on strong female characters and individual freedom. One story in which she is able to create this idea of freedom, through her use of dramatic irony, situational irony, and symbolism, was “The Story of an Hour.”

22 Introductions19th Century Short Story Begin with a blanket statement: Ex: A lot of great literature came from the 19th century.

23 Introductions19th Century Short Story Elaborate: A lot of great literature came from the 19th century. From Edgar Allan Poe to Nathaniel Hawthorne, some of America’s favorite short stories came from this period.

24 Introductions19th Century Short Story Get more specific: A lot of great literature came from the 19th century. From Edgar Allan Poe to Nathaniel Hawthorne, some of America’s favorite short stories came from this period. One short story writer from this era was Kate Chopin. Some of her more popular stories include “Desiree’s Baby”, “The Storm”, and “Rip Figs”.

25 Introductions19th Century Short Story Add your thesis: A lot of great literature came from the 19th century. From Edgar Allan Poe to Nathaniel Hawthorne, some of America’s favorite short stories came from this period. One short story writer from this era was Kate Chopin. Some of her more popular stories include “Desiree’s Baby”, “The Storm”, and “Rip Figs”. “The Story of an Hour” is entertaining because of how the author uses dramatic irony, situational irony, and symbolism.

26 IntroductionsMini Bio Begin: Ex: Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis Missouri in 1850.

27 IntroductionsMini Bio Continue: Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis Missouri in In 1869, she married her husband Oscar and moved with him to a family plot in New Orleans.

28 IntroductionsMini Bio Add more details and work towards thesis: Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis Missouri in In 1869, she married her husband Oscar and moved with him to a family plot in New Orleans. After he died in 1882, Chopin turned to writing to support her family. Some of the more popular stories she wrote include “Desiree’s Baby”, “The Storm”, and “Rip Figs”.

29 IntroductionsMini Bio Add your thesis: Kate Chopin was born in St. Louis Missouri in In 1869, she married her husband Oscar and moved with him to a family plot in New Orleans. After he died in 1882, Chopin turned to writing to support her family. Some of the more popular stories she wrote include “Desiree’s Baby”, “The Storm”, and “Ripe Figs”. “The Story of an Hour” is entertaining because of how the author uses dramatic irony, situational irony, and symbolism.

30 Some of Kate Chopin’s Stories
Possible TopicsShort Story American S.S.19th Century S.S Female AuthorAmerican Author American F. AuthorFeminist Author th CenturyTheme Mini BiographyGender inequality/oppressionSome of Kate Chopin’s Stories“The Story of an Hour” “Desiree's Baby” “Ripe Figs” “The Storm” “At the Cadian Ball” “A Pair of Silk Stockings” “A Respectable Woman” The Awakening: novel (not a short story)

31 ConclusionsNo formula like intro & body paragraphs Recap points of essay by restating thesis Thesis no longer needs to be only one sentence Tie back to intro/theme End with sense of closure NO NEW INFORMATION!!

32 These are matched with the introduction examples from earlier
ConclusionsMini Bio Even with the hardships she faced, Chopin was able to create some great stories. Through her use of certain elements such as dramatic irony, situational irony, and symbolism, she was able to make this story entertaining. Kate Chopin’s body of work was extensive, but “The Story of an Hour” was one of the most memorable. American SS While not being one of the major authors like Hawthorne or Poe, Chopin was able make a name for herself through her powerful stories. Through her use of various ironies like dramatic and situational, she keeps readers on their toes. Her use of symbolism embodied a theme of freedom in her strong female characters. Kate Chopin will stand out as one of America’s great writers.

You might consider writing the following: the doctors' ultimate ruling concerning Louise Mallard's cause of death is ironic because it is not her joy that kills her, but rather her disappointment at finding her husband alive.  Then, in the essay, you could discuss the imagery of the "new spring life" outside the window and how it seems to symbolize what Louise is feeling inside herself.  For example, she hears the "countless sparrows twittering in the eaves" and notices the "patches of blue sky" and the "delicious breath of rain" in the air.  These are all such positive images.  You could analyze the little speech she does actually have in the story.  For example, why does she repeat the word "free" over and over?  It seems as though her husband was not a bad husband, as he never looked "saved with love" upon her.  You could even discuss her very healthy-sounding physical reaction to her new freedom.  If she is so ill, then why does her "pulses beat fast [now], and the coursing blood warm and relax every inch of her body"?  This sounds healthy, not sick.  

You could use much the same evidence to argue that Louise Mallard's so-called "heart trouble" is actually brought on by her marriage.  The fact that the lines in her "fair, calm face. . . bespoke repression and even a certain strength" seems to signify that it is the "repression" she has felt that may have seemed to weaken her, despite her initial and inherent "strength."  

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