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A Pair of Silk Stockings

One theme of "A Pair of Silk Stockings" is that it is good to take care of oneself and treat oneself to a few luxuries now and then—and that it doesn't take all that much to feel good. Mrs. Sommers...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019 10:42 pm UTC

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As Mrs. Summers leaves the theatre, the play was over, the music ceased, ...It was like a dream ended. For a brief time, little Mrs. Summers has been able to escape from the responsibilities of...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2013 8:26 am UTC

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In "A Pair of Silk Stockings" Mrs. Sommers finds herself caught between being an unselfish mother and satisfying some of her own personal needs. Here are some of her character traits: unselfish -...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2016 5:16 am UTC

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After having given herself a pleasurable hiatus from her domestic deprivations, as Mrs. Sommers rides the cable car home, she feels a poignant yearning for the continuation of the pleasurable...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016 11:02 pm UTC

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In "A Pair of Silk Stockings," Mrs. Sommers becomes the "unexpected possessor of fifteen dollars." As she ponders what to do with the money, she considers her children. The "vision of her little...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2018 4:58 pm UTC

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One literary element that plays a major role in this text is tone. Tone refers to the way the author feels about the subject. It is clear that Chopin views "little" Mrs. Sommers quite...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2018 5:10 am UTC

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Mrs. Sommers's shopping spree seems to be motivated, at first, by a desire for something beautiful, to have something just for herself. She initially considers what would be the "proper and...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2016 12:46 am UTC

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As a result of their association with the Devil in the Garden of Eden, serpents, in Western culture, are often symbolic of temptation. The Devil tempted Eve to sin when he offered her an apple...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2017 2:28 pm UTC

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Kate Chopin, in "A Pair of Silk Stockings," gives several meaningful clues with regard to "Little Mrs Sommers." One clue is that the neighbors hint at better days Mrs Sommers had at one time...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2011 8:59 am UTC

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Comparing the silk stockings to "a tiara of diamonds" implies that they are, indeed, a luxury and an item for the wealthy. When Mrs. Sommers touches the pair of silk stockings, sensory words and...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2016 10:26 am UTC

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I would argue that this story is a work of Realism rather than Regionalism or Naturalism. In works of Regionalism, also known as Local Color, the setting is always of particular significance as is...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2020 10:51 pm UTC

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One can also explore the role of motherhood in this story, another theme that Chopin tends to explore in her other works, like The Awakening. A mother is supposed to give up her whole self for her...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2017 1:57 pm UTC

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In Kate Chopin's "A Pair of Silk Stockings" nearly every object and place has symbolic significance. Thus, the symbols are integral to the story's meaning as the title itself denotes. Here are...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2010 1:34 pm UTC

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Irony, the discrepancy between appearances and reality, is present throughout "A Pair of Silk Stockings" by Kate Chopin. Initially when Mrs. Sommers receives the windfall of some money, she plans...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2011 2:23 pm UTC

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Typically, the five parts of a plot included in Freitag's triangle are exposition (the revelation of background information that will help us to understand the story), rising action (the action...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019 7:37 pm UTC

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This is a great question. Chopin cleverly does not explicitly state what the past life of Mrs. Sommers was like but we are left with enough clues and hints to infer that in her past she had enjoyed...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2010 2:02 am UTC

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Kate Chopin’s “A Pair of Silk Stockings” portrays an unusual protagonist in Mrs. Sommers. We know little about the setting of the story. The narration of the story is third person through the...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2012 11:05 pm UTC

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In Kate Chopin's "A Pair of Silk Stockings," "little" Mrs. Sommers has, for some reason, found herself with an extra fifteen dollars, and she enjoys the feeling of "importance" that this windfall...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2015 4:16 pm UTC

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Central to understanding this excellent story is the way that Mrs. Sommers is described as a character who has formerly enjoyed better times but now has been used to poverty for a long period. Note...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2011 12:00 am UTC

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There is much symbolism in "A Pair of Silk Stockings," and because the symbols are integral with the objects necessary to the story--instead of, for example, an added adornment like an etching of...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2009 10:52 am UTC

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After carefully considering how she ought to "invest" her unexpected funds, Mrs. Sommers decides on a course of spending that is both "proper and judicious": she will devote the entire amount to...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2018 1:31 am UTC

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In both stories, American female authors write about events in the United States in a period contemporary with the authors' lives. Both stories are psychological portraits of female protagonists...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019 4:52 pm UTC

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In the beginning Mrs. Sommers is judicious, in the middle she becomes self-indulgent, and at the end she is wistful. judicious In the beginning of the story, Mrs. Sommers finds herself in...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 8:18 am UTC

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When Mrs. Sommers orders lunch, it reflects a considerable contrast in her being. At the outset of her "investing" the fifteen dollars, Mrs. Sommers thought about the needs of her family. Her...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2014 12:57 pm UTC

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The plot, which is the conflict and resolution, is that Mrs. Sommers receives a windfall of money and must determine how to spend it. This symbolically represents her receiving a windfall of...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2009 7:46 am UTC

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Imagery consists of descriptions that appeal to our physical senses: there is visual imagery, which describes something we might see, olfactory imagery, which describes something we could smell,...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2020 1:44 am UTC

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The conflict of this story falls into the character vs. character kind. Mrs. Sommers is no longer used to spending money on herself. She has, apparently, several children who require all the things...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2018 4:03 am UTC

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Her desire to purchase the silk stockings for herself indicates a need in Mrs. Sommers for self-indulgence. When Mrs. Sommers becomes "the unexpected possessor of fifteen dollars," she considers...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016 8:03 pm UTC

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Two overall messages suggested in Chopin's "A Pair of Silk Stockings" are Poverty imposes limits upon a mother that deny her expression of autonomy and some self-indulgence. There is in every...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2016 11:25 pm UTC

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It is clear that each of these philosophical approaches to the story has its own individual merits. In one sense, this story is a tale of a woman trying desperately to carve out her own identity as...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2010 1:54 am UTC

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"Little" Mrs. Sommers, who has no time to devote her thoughts to better days in the past because "the needs of the present absorb[ed] her every faculty," makes plans for the dispensing of the...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2013 3:25 am UTC

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Kate Chopin’s story “A Pair of Silk Stockings” uses a third-person narrator who speaks from a limited-omniscient perspective, primarily offering insights into Mrs. Sommers’ thoughts. The...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2021 7:18 am UTC

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It is important to understand something of the context in which the story is based. Kate Chopin is an author who is famed for her presentation of women frustrated by their position in society. In...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2011 12:25 am UTC

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1. The story is about a woman striving to gain personal freedom and identity. Yes. Kate Chopin writes of her character in "A Pair of Silk Stockings," She was not thinking at all. She seemed for...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2011 12:57 pm UTC

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In A Pair of Silk Stockings, Kate Chopin ascribes numerous valuable characteristics to Mrs. Sommers. In fact, Chopin reveals to us no negative traits at all. Mrs. Sommers has no animosity, regret,...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2009 12:53 am UTC

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"A Pair of Silk Stockings" is about a wife and mother, Mrs. Simmons, who goes out to buy a few necessities for her family. Because they are poor, she is normally very frugal. However, on this day...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2009 2:59 am UTC

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In the exposition of "A Pair of Silk Stockings" by Kate Chopin, the main character, Mrs. Sommers, who has come into the sum of fifteen dollars, ponders for days about whether to invest it or to...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2010 4:40 am UTC

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The story seems to have been received positively and negatively by Chopin's contemporaries. It was originally published in Vogue magazine which was widely read by affluent young ladies during the...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2010 12:30 am UTC

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From her longings and desires on her shopping trip, the reader can infer that Mrs. Sommers has long practiced self-denial, but she has not always had to be so frugal and responsible for others; she...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2016 11:43 pm UTC

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In Kate Chopin's "A Pair of Silk Stockings," when she unexpectedly finds that she has an extra fifteen dollars, Mrs. Sommers first considers the needs of her children. Because "[T]he question of...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2016 8:32 pm UTC

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The city in which "A Pair of Silk Stockings" is set is unnamed; however it is large enough to have a department store, theatre, and a trolley car. In the 1890s this could easily be New Orleans...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2009 7:26 am UTC

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Unfortunately enotes does not allow multiple questions, so I have been forced to edit this question down to focus on one element of the plot structure, the resolution. Please remember to ask only...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2010 1:40 am UTC

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Kate Chopin's short story "A Pair of Silk Stockings" presents a nineteenth-century woman, Mrs. Sommers, who briefly has a reprieve from the demands of domestic life. Her conflicting feelings in...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2011 4:23 am UTC

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Mrs. Sommers is “one who knew the value of bargains.” She is a very frugal woman whose family struggles to make ends meet, though we know that in her youth she belonged to a fairly well-off...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016 6:26 pm UTC

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Initially, Mrs. Sommers fully intends to spend the whole unexpected fifteen dollars she received on her children. She would add a "dollar or two" to the usual price of her daughter, Janie's, shoes...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019 11:17 pm UTC

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In her story "A Pair of Silk Stockings," Chopin depicts how much Mrs. Sommers misses her former life by the delight she displays when she treats herself to personal luxuries. Having lived under the...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2016 3:41 am UTC

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The narrator portrays "Little Mrs. Sommers" in an incredibly sympathetic way. Her fifteen dollars seems like a great sum "to her" as it "stuffed and bulged" her worn-out purse, making her feel...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2018 12:57 pm UTC

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Mrs. Sommers's life is rather difficult. When she unexpectedly comes into a modest sum of fifteen dollars, she feels that it is a "very large" sum, and she begins to enjoy a "feeling of importance...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2019 4:04 am UTC

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Let's talk first about major conflict of the story is, as well as what themes the story conveys, and then we can see what relationship exists between the two. In the story, Mrs. Sommers has...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020 12:34 pm UTC

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The narrator clearly states at the beginning of the story that Mrs. Sommers "did not wish to act hastily, to do anything she might afterward regret." She takes a few days to consider where best to...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016 12:18 am UTC

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