The Story of an Hour" (KATE CHOPIN)

What sort of person do you picture Mrs. Mallard to be?

What sort of marriage do you think she has?

Does her behavior seem plausible to you?

Were you surprised by the ending? Did you see any foreshadowing hints in the story?

“Girl”, by Jamaica Kincaid

What does this text tell you about the society the "girl" is growing up in? Think about:
- Men and women/Types of women
- Family values/Mothers and daughters
- Social ethics/colonialism
What about the style and narrative voice?



1.- Reconstruct the time-line of the story. Try to put all the events of the story in order and to provide dates for some of them.

2.- The story takes place in Jefferson, Yoknapatawpha County, in the South, the setting for most of Faulkner’s stories and novels. What is the image of the South portrayed in this story? Think about the contrast between the North and the Old South.

3.- The story is told by “we”. Who do you imagine this narrator (or narrators) to be? Young or old? Male or female? Both? What is their attitude toward Emily? How does that attitude affect Emily?

4.- Consider the story as a detective story. Analyze the different detective story conventions and roles (detective, victim, setting). ‘Whodone’ it? More importantly, why?

5.- Think about the title of the story. What is the rose? Why is it ‘Emily’ and not ‘Miss Emily’?