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Analyzing a short story

Analyzing a short story

 

This post will be an exercise in finding textual examples and evidence from the text that prove what we are saying about the meaning. For instance, the content discussion about “The Story of an Hour” offered you quotation examples from the text when it was explaining the transformation of Mrs. Mallard. That is what you will be doing in this post.

Choose one of the short stories that we have read so far:

  • “Story of an Hour”

http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/webtexts/hour/

  • “The Storm”

http://americanliterature.com/author/kate-chopin/short-story/the-storm

  • “Powder”

http://olympia.osd.wednet.edu/media/olympia/departments/english/bronemann/powder_short_story.pdf

  • “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains”

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzbtlcAsIeTnTlNmSnhOV010bHM/edit

Discuss why and how it connects with one or two of the themes discussed in Unit 2:

  • Love (filial, romantic, or platonic)
  • Alienation/Otherness
  • The American Dream/Nightmare
  • The Quest for Identity/Coming of Age
  • Conformity/Rebellion

Use specific details from the text to support your point, including at least one direct quote.

 

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