The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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Reader-response theory focuses on the role of the reader in finding meaning in a text themselves. What experiences in your life parallel what happened in The Story of an Hour? Be sure to relate the...

Reader-response theory focuses on the role of the reader in finding meaning in a text themselves. What experiences in your life parallel what happened in The Story of an Hour? Be sure to relate the story to a personal experience of your own.

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Kate Chopin presents a situation in which the protagonist loses her husband, suffers immediately from grief that turns into relief, regains her husband, and then dies herself. Because the situation is so unique—not to mention the protagonist dies—it will be only be possible to identify with some of those experiences.

In some places, Chopin precisely describes Louise Mallard's emotions, but in other places the reader is left to infer what the action means. That is particularly true at the end when Louise...

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