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Comparing Literature, Story of an Hour & the Necklace

By thetripmeister Apr 25, 2010 792 Words
EN102

XXXXXX 2009

Assignment XX

1: Write a 200 word response on why you picked the literature that you chose. This can be in first person and informal.

I selected my choice of literature from the list rather quick because I leaped at the opportunity to once again write about the “Story of an Hour.” Of all the short stories that I have read in our book thus far, this story by far is the story that I enjoyed the most. I think this is because the ending took me a little by surprise, and believe it or not I found the ending somewhat humorous. I thought the tables had now turned in favor of the husband who probably felt the same she did after she found out that he died. Other words, he was probably the one who was relieved now. The second piece of literature chosen, “The Necklace,” was chosen because it was simply linked to my first choice. I immediately read “The Necklace” after making my choice. To my surprise, I enjoyed this story as well but the beginning seemed to drag on a little too much. The story started with a drawn out description of the woman and her fascination of the rich. I felt that this could have shortened some but all in all I enjoyed this story as well. I’m satisfied with my selection and feel that these two stories will prove well in providing a comparison.  

2: List your thesis statement. This should be one sentence and it should focus on the literature.

Mrs. Mallard and Mme Loisel had different desires but both found happiness for a brief period of time that was quickly stolen away.  3. Read pages 96-99 in your textbook and then list:
a. An idea from the literature that you can compare. Create a topic sentence that can be supported by a full paragraph of analysis and or examples or quotes from the textbook or your research.

“The story of an Hour” and “The Necklace,” Mrs. Mallard and Mme Loisel are two women who live on separate continents but share somewhat equal moments of sadness within their lifetime. b. Another idea from the literature that you can compare. Create a topic sentence that can be supported by a full paragraph of analysis and or examples or quotes from the textbook or your research.

A focal point of each of these stories mentions a window posed with a chair that at some point these women seek refuge, sitting to reflect upon their innermost emotions. c. An idea from the literature that you can contrast. Create a topic sentence that can be supported by a full paragraph of analysis and or examples or quotes from the textbook or your research.

Mrs. Mallard and Mme Loisel are dissimilar in these stories. Mrs. Mallard in “The story of an Hour” is somewhat liberal and seems to be content with the future of being without a husband. On the other hand Mme Loisel in “The Necklace” lives in poverty and is dependent upon the income of her husband who is a ministry clerk. d. Another idea you can contrast. Create a topic sentence that can be supported by a full paragraph of analysis and or examples or quotes from the textbook or your research.

In the endings of “The story of an Hour” and “The Necklace,” obviously they are not identical but these two stories are assured to bring about a reaction or stir to the reader.  5. Post your introductory paragraph below. Make sure you catch the reader’s attention, list the titles of the literature and the authors’ names. Your introduction should end with your thesis statement.

Like a deal with the devil, Mrs. Mallard and Mme Loisels desires twirled as if they were choosing to enter an hour of sadness that guaranteed freedom or an evening ball that guaranteed wealth. “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Necklace” by Guy De Maupassant are astonishing stories that offer a twist for the reader. Each had different desires and found happiness for a brief period of time that was quickly stolen away.  6. Keep in mind that you may want to change your thesis and your introduction after you start working on your rough draft. This is common. Your introduction and thesis are the most important elements of your term paper and it is not unusual for these to be revised several times. Feel free to check in with your instructor if you want feedback on your thesis or introduction before you turn in lesson 6.  

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