Literature & Writing for Professionals Discussions

Readings Women’s Rights:

“The Storm” by Kate Chopin

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman

“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin

“Happy Endings” by Margaret Atwood

After completing the readings, answer the following questions in one well-organized paragraph for each. Use specific evidence in the form of direct quotes or examples from each story to support your points.

1. Both halves of both married couples in “The Storm” are very happy as we see them at the end of the story. Considering this, how do you feel about Alcee and Calixta’s sexual encounter?

2. How does the rest cure that is prescribed to the narrator of “The Yellow Wallpaper” worsen her mental condition?

3. Choose one of Atwood’s “Happy Endings” (A-F) and explain how any one story we have read so far fits into the structure that Atwood describes.

4. How does Mrs. Mallard’s repetition of “free! free!” in “The Story of an Hour” affect your opinion of her as a wife or a person?

*Readings can be found on americanliterature.com*

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