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Lecture Analytique Bac

Texte no. 1 : The Story of an Hour

I’m presented with a document which is a short story written by Kate Chopin. First of all I will present a short biography about the author. Kate Chopin born on 8 February, 1851 was an American author of short stories and novels. She is considered to have been a forerunner of feminist authors of the 20thcentury. Her important short stories was “Desiree’s Baby”, “The Story of an Hour” and “The Storm”. She died on 22 August, 1904. Now, after presenting the author, I will talk about the summary of “The Story of an Hour”. This short story is about an hour in the life of the main character, Mrs. Millard. She is afflicted with a heart problem. Bad news has come about that her husband has died in a trainaccident. Her sister Josephine and Richard who is her husband's friend has to break the horrifying news to her as gently as possible. They both were concerned that the news might somehow put her in great danger with her health. Ironically, Mrs. Millard reacts to the news with excitement. Even though the news is heartbreaking she is finally free from the depressing life she was living. She keepswhispering "Free! Body and soul free!". She is now happy because she doesn't have to live for anyone but herself now. At the end of the story, Mr. Millard opens the door and is surprised by Josephine's cry. Mr. Millard didn't have a faintest idea about the accident. With a quick motion, Richard tried to block Mr. Millard's view of his wife but it was too late. The doctors said she died of a heartdisease. The story ends with a short phrase "of joy that kills". Now I will analyse the short story. I will divide the analysis in two parts. The first part will be devoted to………………………and the second part to……………………………

I - ………………………………………..

II - ……………………………………….


As a conclusion, I will say that

Analysis of "The Story of An Hour"
Unlike most women who find themselves in denialafter being told something of this magnitude she wept at once. Once she composed herself she locked herself in her room and would let no one in. She was noticing things outside her window she had never noticed before. Things that we take for granted and only appreciate when we are happy. But how could this be if her husband had just passed? She began to weep again and then she was young she wasnew she was somehow reborn. For with her husband she had been restrained and now she had all this new found freedom she did not enjoyed before. She was ready for he world to the amazement of her sister and that of her husband's friend, Mr. Richards as well. When she saw her husband she passed and the doctor said she died of a joy that kills but they did not understand that she actually died ofsadness. Because now she was to be repressed in her husbands presence once more and this she could not bare.
Analysis of "The Story of An Hour"
The theme of the story is things that we want in life might come too late so live life for yourself to the fullest while you can. Some of the major literary elements within the story are imagery, similes, metaphors and irony. These literary terms enhancethe meaning because they allow you to feel the emotion of the character and the irony enhances the bittersweetness of the ending.
Analysis of "The Story of An Hour”
The author uses different literary techniques to convey the meaning of the story. The story is about a lady that is in a marriage that is not fulfilling to her. The author uses many elements to bring out the message of the poemand make the story more enticing to a reader.
The author uses many literary elements in the short story. Some are personification, imagery, and similes. Personification is stated in the line that follows: "she was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression,”. This element shows how strongly she is in repression. It makes the reader actually feel how depressing her life...
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