Another week, another paper to be written. Here I go again. I suffered through the proposal and outline for this paper and now I am at the point where I will begin writing. I do not feel like the proposal or outline helped me feel more prepared to write, but it did force me to think about what I am going to write about before the night before it is due (thanks senioritis).
I ultimately chose to write on one of Kate Chopin’s short stories, “The Story of an Hour” because I felt myself moving toward writing about the same topic I did for my close reading about The Awakening (the connection to Edna’s want for freedom and the freedom of birds). “The Story of an Hour” does exactly as the title suggests — tells the story of an hour. Essentially, Mrs. Mallard finds out that her husband has died in a railroad accident and she goes through a series of emotions in the hour after receiving the news. At the end of the story, however, Mrs. Mallard opens the door and sure enough it is her husband, alive and well standing in the doorway. She dies from the shock. This short story in particular, like many of Chopin’s works, is rather easy to connect to the Feminist Theory. I decided on exploring the defined roles of married and widowed women that are accepted in society and Chopin’s response to said definitions.
I have a week before this paper is due, so the trick is to spread it out and do a little bit each night, rather than saving the entire thing for Tuesday night. Here I go again.