Short Fiction Discussion and Quizzes

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Welcome to Section 4: Social Expectations of Women in Short Fiction

In this section you will be required to complete the following tasks:

1. Carefully read the stories and assignments outlined in The Readings folder. We will have quizzes and writing assignments based upon these assignments so take your time and take notes.

The Readings

  • Kate Chopin's biography and story, "The Story of an Hour," pp. 177 and 181
  • Sandra Cisneros's biography and story, "Barbie-Q," pg. 183
  • Jamaica Kincaid's biography and story, "Girl," pg. 530
  • Jamaica Kincaid, "On 'Girl,'" pg. 921
  • Joyce Carol Oates' biography and story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" pp. 651

Please also read the Author Highlight on Kate Chopin as well as the discussion of Irony posted in this section.

2. Complete the quizzes on the required readings. There are 10 questions on each quiz and you will only have 15 minutes to complete the assignment, so please be familiar with the readings and the literary terminology we covered in Section 1.

**For the quizzes I will send you the login in for the website. Please study before taking the quizzes. If I get anything leff than a 75 a on quiz I will request a refund.**

3. Complete the writing assignment posted in the Section 4 Discussion Board and submit it first to the Pre Post Drop Box prior to the Discussion Board.

4. You will have 1 day after the due date of the discussion board assignments to respond to at least two of your peers' original posts. Please be thoughtful and thorough in your responses as you will be graded on these assignments.

For the Section 4 Discussion Board, I would like you to go back to the pdf on Theme in the Section 1 folder. After you have reacquainted yourself with the terminology discussed there, I would like you to select THREE of the stories from the readings in this section and discuss how the theme of these stories deal with social expectations of women. I would like you to compare and contrast the themes of the stories and show how the themes in the stories represent different times and therefore reflect changing social roles for women. You can also develop a thesis of your own regarding how the themes in these stories deal with the social expectations of women.

I would like you to include at least 3 quotes from the stories in your assignment and it should be at least 350 words long. Remember to submit your assignment to the Pre Post Drop box to be checked for plagiarism prior to turning it in to the Discussion Board. You do not need to wait after submitting it to the drop box, simply submit it to the drop box, then to the discussion board.


You will have 1 day to reply to at least 2 of your classmate's initial postings. You are also responsible for monitoring and responding to comments made to your own discussion post.

IRONY IRONY: Irony is a term with a range of meanings, all of them involving some sort of discrepancy or incongruity. It is a contrast in which one term of the contrast in some way mocks the other. It is not to be confused with SARCASM, however, which is simply language designed to cause pain. Verbal Irony: saying the opposite of what one really means; a figure of speech in which what is meant is the opposite of what is said. Dramatic Irony: a discrepancy between what a character says and what the reader knows to be true; the discrepancy between what is and what would seem appropriate. The value of this kind of irony lies in the comment it implies on the speaker and his/her expectations. Usually this is the most important kind for a writer. Situational Irony: a situation in which there is an incongruity between actual circumstances and those that would seem appropriate or between what is anticipated and what actually comes to pass. Cosmic Irony: has the suggestion that some malicious fate (or other spirit in the universe) is deliberately frustrating human efforts. SATIRE: a work that ‘pokes fun’ of a serious issue with the intent to bring about change. The satirist aims to correct, by an exposure to ridicule, deviations from normal conduct or reasonable opinion. The chief tool of the satirist is to exaggerate deformities to the point at which their absurdity is unmistakably apparent.
KATE CHOPIN’S STYLE: Chopin is noted for her use of: 1. Contrasts: age vs. youth; patience vs. impatience; experience vs. innocence; summer vs. fall; staidness vs. exuberance; spring vs. summer; etc.; 2. Natural Imagery: rain, trees, etc.; 3. Cyclical Plotting: movement through the seasons by natural happenings in the patterns of people’s lives (we get up, go through the day, go to bed, etc.—we are born, we live our lives, we die). =============================================================== Discussion Questions for “The Story of an Hour”: You should try to answer these questions in your notebook in order to help you understand the story. If you want to ‘continue’ the discussion with your classmates, please post your comments in the Class Café! 1. What is the plot of this story? {What literally happens?} Use either Aristotle’s Plot Diagram or Freytag’s Plot Diagram to create your own ‘diagram’ that details the plot of “The Story of an Hour.” 2. Is this story ironic? How so? What type(s) of irony are used? {Refer to Literary Definition!} 3. What is the theme of this story? {Write a one-sentence statement of theme.}

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The Changing Roles of Women in the Society
The major themes in the short stories, "The Story of an Hour," by Kate Chopin's, “Girl”
by Jamaica Kincaid's, as well as "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been, by Joyce Carol
Oates' deeply explore the roles of women in the society and the social expectations of women in
the society. Since the stories were written at different times in history, they provide a clear
depiction of how social roles of women have changed in the society. Through the exploration of
the major themes in these three stories, I will provide a synthetic overview of how the social
roles of women have changed over the course of time.

The 1894 short story "The Story of an Hour," by Kate Chopin's depicts the oppressive
nature of marriages and how the marriages negatively affect the spouses more so the women.
Louise’s heart problem is both symbolic as it symbolizes Louise’s ambivalence towards her
marriage as well as the unhappiness she experienced due to the lack of freedom in her marriage
(Chopin 178). In accordance to the story, women are oppressed in their ma...

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