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Analysis of a short story, focusing on a single or double element such as point of view, theme, symbolism, character, or the author’s voice (tone, style, irony).

Additionally, find one- two literary critic to validate your thesis and argument in the analysis.

After having read the three short stories titled: "The Story of an Hour";“The Storm” by Kate Chopin; and “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston, please select two and decide which element/elements to analyze based upon the two stories.

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Short Story Critical Analysis Essay Write a 900-1000 word analysis of a short story, focusing on a single or double element such as point of view, theme, symbolism, character, or the author’s voice (tone, style, irony). For example, characterization and symbolism in Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use" which can be found on the Lone Star's North Harris English Department's sample essays along with other sample short story essays. MLA format guidelines must be applied throughout the essay (see sample essay). Additionally, find one- two literary critic to validate your thesis and argument in the analysis. Please do not choose symbolism in “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck to analyze. After having read the three short stories titled: “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck; "The Story of an Hour";“The Storm” by Kate Chopin; and “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston, please select two and decide which element/elements to analyze based upon the two stories with the exception of "The Chrysanthemums." The purpose of the assignment is for students to apply skills used in writing a n analysis of fiction appealing to audience, purpose, and utilize the literary elements application. Write clear, correct, and appropriate paragraphs that are coherent, unified, and well developed. Write clear, correct, and appropriate sentences avoiding major grammatical errors. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Suggestion: Reread Chapter 6 – Analyzing Fiction for explanations on the choice of literary element/elements used in your analysis. Use the checklist for a specific literary element located in the chapter explaining the definition of the element. Suggested List of Literary Topics Note: If a topic has a blank, this means that several persons may do this one because you will have a different work or author. This also means that you will have to supply the name of the work or author when submitting your topic. See the attached list of topics. The function of setting in the short stories of _________________ (you supply the author). Central themes in the short stories of _________________ (you supply the author). Women in the short stories (novels) of ______________________ (you supply the author). The writings of _____________ as a mirror of his or her time (you supply the author). Choose a major character _______________ in a well-known work of literature and trace his/her development in four ways: appearance, speech, external action, and what others say about the character. Select two of the above works by an author _________ and discuss the uses of parody, irony, imagery, or some other literary or dramatic technique (you must supply the name of the writer). Common themes in the short stories of Steinbeck, Chopin, and Zora Neale Hurston. The portrayal of women in two of the short stories. ...
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Running Head: FICTIONAL ANALYSIS

Fictional Analysis
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FICTION ANALYSIS
Fiction analysis involves the breaking down of aspects of a fictional story, and subjectively
explaining those aspects in detail. This paper involves a fictional analysis of two short stories;
“The Story of an Hour” and “The Storm”, both by Kate Chopin.
The Story of an Hour
Synopsis of the story
The story of an hour is about an ailing wife who thinks her husband is dead, and she starts
fantasizing about a whole new life of freedom of herself. She later dies of shock once she
realizes her husband is still alive ("The Story of an Hour": Kate Chopin (1894)").

Themes in the story
Freedom is among the primary themes in this story. Freedom in a relationship allows each
party to pursue their own social, career, and financial paths as they wish. Mrs Mallard, despite
the love and acknowledgement her husband accords her, still feels oppressed by marriage. The
night before her husband's "death", Mrs Mallard had hoped her life to be short; she felt like
her marriage was bondage. Looking out of the window in her room, Mrs Mallard sees birds
flying up and down, and patches of blue sky; and she felt a sense of freedom at last. Off down

the stairs, she walked "like a goddess of victory", feeling like she had won against the
oppression of her marriage; only to see her husband walk in the door. Seeing her husband
alive, Mrs Mallard was shocked; and the realization that her dre...

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