Does Mrs. Mallard hate her husband? What is a joy that kills? How does Point of View help us understand the story better?
As you read Story of an Hour, ask yourself what conflicts are important in this story. Usually a story is more than just a listing of events. Instead, the reader’s interest in the story is kept because of a problem or conflict that arises. Conflicts can be external (between individuals or something that is happening outside) or internal (in one character’s mind). For example, if you are caught in a storm, you have an external conflict. If you have an argument with your best friend, you have an external conflict. External conflicts move the story from beginning to end. The internal conflict is a bit more complicated. It is put into motion by the external conflict. It is, in general, what the character realizes or learns about herself or her situation (as opposed to what is happening around her).
On a piece of paper, write the headings External Conflicts and Internal Conflicts. As you read, make a list of conflicts in this story and decide whether they are external (between people) or internal (one person’s mind).
Discuss this your answers in here.
Also work in some answers for these questions: Does Mrs. Mallard hate her husband? What is a joy that kills? How does Point of View help us understand the story better?
Two question below you need to quotation in each of your answers.
Are these stories written for younger readers, such as children and teenagers, or for adults? On what basis can you determine the potential audience for these stories?
Did you find it important to do a little research to understand one of the stories better? If so, what background questions did you need to answer, and how did your research expand your understanding of the story?