Write a quotation sandwich (introduction/ response is bread, brief quote filling) on this theme "Expectations rarely match reality."The three stories are "Problems with Hurricanes" by Hernandez...

Write a quotation sandwich (introduction/ response is bread, brief quote filling) on this theme "Expectations rarely match reality."

The three stories are "Problems with Hurricanes" by Hernandez Cruz, "The House on Mango Street" by Cisneros and "The Story of an Hour" by Chopin.

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teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I will tackle one of these stories:  "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin.

After hearing of the untimely death of her husband, Louise Mallard begins to realize that she is now free from the constraints of marriage that have been previously imposed on her.  The reader gets the impression that Louise has felt trapped in the societal role of "the wife" and that she has longed to break free from this role.  She retires to her room to apparently grieve and sits in an armchair that is already facing the window.  This detail suggests that Louise often sits by the window longing for freedom.  She thinks about all the carefree days that she will have without her husband:  "Spring days, and summer days, and all sorts of days that would be her own."  Louise's expectations are shattered when at the end of the story, her husband Brently walks through the door.  The other characters think that she has died of "joy that kills;" however, the reader understands that Louise's death is a symbol for her expectations being taken away by reality.

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The Story of an Hour

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