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Title: The Story of an Hour


1
The Story of an Hour
  • Kate Chopin

Jasminne Andy Nick
2
Thesis
  • Live your life for yourself and not anyone else,
    because your chance at freedom may come to late
    in your life.
  • But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long
    procession of years to come that would belong to
    her absolutely. And she opened and spread her
    arms out to them in welcome.

3
Tone
  • Begins with a calm logical tone.
  • Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a
    heart trouble, great care was taken to break to
    her as gently as possible the news of her
    husband's death.
  • Switches to more emotional and elated tone of a
    new found freedom.
  • They stayed keen and bright. Her pulses beat
    fast, and the coursing blood warmed and relaxed
    every inch of her body.

4
Purpose
  • Women had boundaries set by men, and were thought
    to only live for their husbands or men in their
    life.
  • Chopin wrote this to show how men werent the
    only means of happiness in a womens life.

5
Audience
  • This story is mainly written for women.
  • For women it was a way to show them that freedom
    may come to late in their lives so they should
    live their lives for themselves.

6
Evidence
  • When she sits by her window after crying she
    begins to notice the flowers blooming and many
    other things around her.Things only noticed when
    someone is happy.
  • There was something coming to her and she was
    waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She did
    not know it was too subtle and elusive to name.
    But she felt it, creeping out of the sky,
    reaching toward her through the sounds, the
    scents, the color that filled the air.

7
Appeals
  • Pathos Emotions revealed vary from sad,
    confused, joyful, and ends with a bittersweet
    death.
  • She did not stop to ask if it were or were not a
    monstrous joy that held her.
  • Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical
    exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to
    reach into her soul.

8
Assumptions
  • Womens lives were restrained to certain thoughts
    and emotions, not all could be evoked.
  • There would be no one to live for during those
    coming years she would live for herself. There
    would be no powerful will bending hers in that
    blind persistence with which men and women
    believe they have a right to impose a private
    will upon a fellow-creature.

9
StyleRhetorical Mode
  • DescriptiveThe essay develops through the
    accumulation of concrete and specific details
    revealing the repression of women by men as it is
    experienced by Mrs. Mallard.
  • She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose
    lines bespoke repression and even a certain
    strength. But now there was a dull stare in her
    eyes, whose gaze was fixed away off yonder on one
    of those patches of blue sky. It was not a glance
    of reflection, but rather indicated a suspension
    of intelligent thought.

10
StyleSyntax
  • The story begins with a regular, logical and to
    the point sentence.
  • As the story unravels we begin to get shorter
    sentences.
  • The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In
    the street below a peddler was crying his wares.

11
Style Syntax (cont.)
  • We also receive more pauses. (commas,semicolons,pe
    riods)
  • There was something coming to her and she was
    waiting for it, fearfully. What was it? She did
    not know it was too subtle and elusive to name.
    But she felt it, creeping out of the sky,
    reaching toward her through the sounds, the
    scents, the color that filled the air.
  • This creates a more rapid tone then the beginning
    sentence.
  • Ends with a simple sentence,
  • When the doctors came they said she had died of
    heart disease--of the joy that kills. 

12
Styleothers
  • Simile except when a sob came up into her
    throat and shook her, as a child who has cried
    itself to sleep continues to sob in its dreams.
  • Imagery She could see in the open square before
    her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver
    with the new spring life... and countless
    sparrows were twittering in the eaves. There were
    patches of blue sky showing here and there
    through the clouds that had met and piled one
    above the other in the west facing her window.
  • Irony When the doctors came they said she had
    died of heart disease--of the joy that kills.

13
Works Cited
  • The Story of an Hour. (2007, March 15). In
    Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved
    0356, March 16, 2007, from http//en.wikipedia.or
    g/w/index.php?titleThe_Story_of_an_Houroldid115
    258536
  • Stifler, Ben. "Rhetorical Modes." 2002. 15 Mar
    2007 http//users.cdc.net/stifler/en110/modes.htm
    l
  • Braiman, Jay. "LITERARY DEVICES." 2003. 15 Mar
    2007 http//mrbraiman.home.att.net/lit.htm

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The End.
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