How do you write a good introduction of an analysis for "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin?

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A good way to write an introduction to a literary analysis of a short story would be to note the story's title and author, when it was written, the story's genre, and what literary elements will be the focus of your paper. It would be a good idea to identify the piece as feminist literature.

Somewhere in the introduction, there should be a thesis statement that indicates the scope of your analysis. For example, if you were to write about symbolism, a thesis statement could look something like this:

"Kate Chopin utilizes symbolism in 'The Story of an Hour' to observe the narrow confines many women endured in nineteenth-century marriages."

This thesis statement is specific enough to organize your argument but broad enough to leave room to identify what elements are symbolic, such as the season, the setting, character names, and so forth.

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