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Kate Chopin "The Story of an Hour" - a "craft" question


saphiremom24 1 / -  
Jun 8, 2010   #1
I am in need of help with a formal essay i am trying to write. I need to come up with a "craft" question for my English 112 class, then find scholarly views and use them to answer (or not answer) my craft question. I have been told that critics of literature and scholars of literature are 2 different things, and that i need to have scholarly views. However, I am having trouble finding reviews for the story. I have made up a question and maybe it will work? "What does the "new life of spring" represent in "The Story of an Hour"? Please help if you can it would be greatly appreciated.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Jun 10, 2010   #2
I have been told that critics of literature and scholars of literature are 2 different things, and that i need to have scholarly views.

Yes, a critic helps people appreciate art and deeply understand it. Scholars have other ideas. For example, you might want to take the point of view of a sociologist and use Chopin's work as a commentary on the institution of marriage.

Oh, but now I see that you need a question based on literary techniques, like symbolism. Your question about what "new life of spring" represents in the story could be good, but is it too obvious? I don't know the story, I just know that it shows marriage to be an institution that thwarts women's empowerment. Maybe your question is great, but it will be best if you tackle a question nobody else seems to tackle.

I know for sure that if you search a large database you'll get a lot of professional journal articles about this story. It is a famous one.

I just got a lot of great results googling this: analysis "The Story of an Hour"

:-)


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