Analyze the Work of Kate Chopin and Complete the Following

In two to four double-spaced pages (excluding title and reference page), analyze one of the works listed here: Kate Chopin, The Story of a Hour and complete the following:

  • Explain why the literary work captured your interest, using terms and concepts from the text to support your explanation. The key terms are found at the end of Chapter 2.
  • Apply two to three of the key terms from Chapter 2 to your reflection (found below). Review the Reader’s Response matrix (Figure 2.1) to help you frame your response.

Your paper should be organized around a thesis statement about the selected literary work and the approach you are using to analyze the work. All sources must be properly cited.  The paper must include a separate title and reference page, and be formatted to APA (6th edition) style.

The paper must be two to four pages in length (excluding the title and reference page), and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least two scholarly resources (at least one of which can be found in the Ashford Online Library) other than the textbook to support your claims and subclaims. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar, in your online course


figurative language

Language used in a non-literal way to convey images and ideas. Figures of speech, including similes and metaphors, are the main tools of figurative language. For example, ordinary descriptive language: “The moon looked hazy through the clouds.” Figurative language: “The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.”

figures of speech

Tools of figurative language; the most common are similes and metaphors.


A distinct representation of something that can be experienced and understood through the senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste), or the representation of an idea. Writers use precise language in developing imagery.


A figure of speech in which an implied comparison is made between one object and another that is different from it. Example: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances,” from As You Like It by William Shakespeare.


Literally, in Latin, “a mask.” When it is used in analyzing literature, persona refers to the narrator in a story or the speaker in a poem, who may or may not reflect the perspective of the author.


A figure of speech that compares two objects or ideas that are not ordinarily considered to be similar, linked by using like or as. Example: “The water made a sound like kittens lapping,” from The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings.


A lyrical musical expression, a source of emotional outlet common in ancient communities and still influential in contemporary culture.


An object, person, or action that conveys two meanings: its literal meaning and something it stands for. For example, rain is often symbolized as a life giver; a snake is often symbolized as evil.


In a literary work, the speaker’s attitude toward the reader or the subject. Tone might be described as serious, playful, ironic, condescending, bored, affectionate, sad, detached, or any other word that would describe “attitude.”