Irony Thesis Statement For The Story Of An Hour

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“The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin represents a negative view of marriage by presenting the reader with a woman who is clearly overjoyed that her husband has died. This is expressed through the language in “The Story of an Hour” (click for full plot summary) by Kate Chopin used to describe Louise’s emotions as she oscillates between numbness and extreme joy at her newfound freedom. The narrator of “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin relates what she observes in simple prose, but when her emotions are described, the words are vibrant and powerful. This suggests that Louis has a deep inner-life that is not connected to the outside world of her husband or friends and the fact that she cloisters herself in her room to discover her feelings is important. The world outside of her own bedroom is only minimally described, but the world inside of her mind is lively and well described by the narrator. The window outside of her room is alive and vibrant like her mind, while everything about her physically is cloistered.

While the mere use of certain words is indicative of this inner-world of detail and life, there are also several instances of ironic or playful uses of certain phrases or images to convey Louise’s happiness in “The Story of an Hour” and the ultimate message that marriage is constraining. In many ways, the fact that she dies at the end of simple “heart disease" (which the doctors think cam about as a result of her joy of seeing her husband) is symbolic of the “disease" of marriage. Much like an affliction, she cannot feel free unless the agent, her husband, is no longer present. The fact that it affects her heart as opposed to any other portion of her body shows that her misery from this symbolic disease stems from something inside of her, not anything external. For instance, in one of the important quotes from “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, it is clear that her husband loved her when his face is described as “the face that had never looked save with love upon her." Her own feelings of love in return are also minimally described and it is clear that she does not share his sentiments. The narrator relates in one of the quotes from “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, “And yet she loved him—sometimes. Often she did not." This kind if simple and direct language is used only to describe the things Louise is not emotional about, thus the bare language would indicate—just as much as the actual words themselves do—that she did not have any strong feelings for her husband. As the thesis statement for this essay on “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin makes clear, the language constructs the reader’s understanding of her character.

When Louise’s emotions are described regarding something she is thrilled about, the language becomes lively and rich with color and vibrant images. This stands in sharp contrast to the sections in which she seems indifferent or emotionally unattached. For instance, in the above citation which begins with the very simple statement in one of the quotes from “Story of an Hour”, “And yet she loved him—sometimes. Often she did not" which demonstrates emotional passivity, but as the short paragraph continues and her true emotions come to the forefront, the language comes alive along with her character. The clipped line above is followed by, “What did it matter! What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in the face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being!" It is important to notice not only the language comes to life with the use of words like “mystery," “possession," and “impulse" but the very phrasing changing. The initial emotions portrayed in these quotes from “The Story of an Hour” (click for full plot summary) by Kate Chopin in which she was passive about are short tidy sentences, but as soon as she begins to feel an emotion, the sentences expand and the whole of one massive thought about “her being" becomes one very long sentence to stand in contrast to the previous one.

Presentation on theme: "Literary Analysis The Story of an Hour"— Presentation transcript:

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.

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