The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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What do you suggest is a good Introduction to The Story of an Hour? What do you suggest is a good Introduction to The Story of an Hour?

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An Introduction includes the orientation of the story in the broader field of literature as well as your purpose and aim in addressing your particular idea (thesis) about the topic. While some advocate a "grabber" introduction, I find that solid, thoughtful information presented in a succinct manner is more interesting than a clever "hook" in academic writing.

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Sometimes a good way to generate a thesis or introduction is to look at what others have had to say about a work. One way to get a quick sense of previous discussions is to consult a survey of previous analyses. Since I'm the author of such a survey (Kate Chopin's Short Fiction: A Critical Companion), I've appended below just the very beginning of the survey of criticism on "The Story of an Hour ." You may find something here that is helpful to you as a point of departure -- something with which you can either agree, disagree, or develop further. If your library doesn't have the book, you can get a copy through interlibrary loan to...

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