Story of an Hour

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STUDY QUESTIONS: Kate Chopin’s “THE STORY OF AN HOUR” 1. Compare and contrast what Mrs. Mallard goes through in "The Story of an Hour" with what Peyton Farquhar goes through in "The Occurrence of Owl Creek Bridge". What parallels can be drawn between these two stories? How would you compare – or contrast -- the two narrative styles? 2. Discuss all the implications of the theme of the “weak heart” in the Chopin story 3. The last name "Mallard" holds ironic meaning within the story. In Shakespeare the mallard or wild duck is taken as a symbol of "cowardice and uxoriousness" (excessively submissive or devoted to one’s wife). In Shakespeare’s play Antony and Cleopatra, The Roman general’s infatuation with the Egyptian queen is indicated in the lines telling how, in the sea-fight at Actium, he leaves the battle, and "like a doting mallard" follows Cleopatra’s boats as she flees the scene.
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Unformatted text preview: How is this name ironic to the feelings of Louise (Mrs. Mallard)? Note her husband had never looked save with love upon her." 4. Alone in her room, Mrs. Mallard tells the others to "Go away. I am not making myself ill, because she was drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window. The Merriam Webster dictionary definitions of "elixir" are: 1) a substance held capable of prolonging life indefinitely; a medicinal concoction or cure-all; 2) a sweetened liquid usually containing alcohol that is used in medication either for its medicinal ingredients or as a flavoring; 3) the essential principle. 4) How do these definitions apply to Mrs. Mallards new view of life? 5. Can you see any parallels in the view of a womans role between Charlotte Perkins Gilmans story The Yellow Wallpaper and Chopins The Story of an Hour? Discuss....
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