The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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What do you consider a good thesis statement for this story? What do you consider a good thesis statement for this story?

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A possible thesis might focus on addressing, from Louise Mallard's perspective, the question of whether the price of personal freedom is worth the gain of love and home. If you think for a moment about Austen's Pride and Prejudice, you might recall that Charlotte thought the price (Mr. Collins) was worth the gain (a home of her own). Mrs. Mallard's death seems to indicate that in her perspective, the loss was not worth the gain, but this speculation would need to be supported or contradicted by other elements of the text.

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A good thesis statement for this story might discuss the fact that the original title of the story was "The Dream of an Hour." A good paper could be written discussing all the various ways and senses in which Louise's experience might be described as a dream in positive and/or negative senses of that term. You might also want to consider why the title of the story was changed. Is one title better than the other?  Is one title more revealing than the other? Does one...

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