Through the Feminist and Gender Criticism, I looked at one of Chopin’s short stories and dissected how it portrayed the women of the time in which Chopin was writing. I was drawn to Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and its ability to contain so much meaning in only 1000 words.
This was the first essay I wrote for this class. Diving into the writing process, I wrote about Chopin’s The Awakening and the significance of birds throughout the book by performing a close reading analysis through a New Critical lens. What drew me to the birds in the book was their prevalence and how often the creatures were mentioned throughout.
This essay came to be by flipping through the literature anthology assigned for this class. Upon noticing García Márquez’s name in the Table of Context, I was immediately intrigued having read some of his other works in my spanish classes. “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” was the perfect fit for writing a Psychoanalytic essay, as it posed many questions about why the characters were doing what they were doing and reacting to the drowned man in such a way. More specifically, the way the different gendered villagers responded to the arrival of the drowned man signaled a connection to Jung’s idea of Archetypes.
The beginnings of this essay stem all the way back to my senior year of high school and my first time reading Chopin’s The Awakening. Back in April of 2015 I wrote a Feminist and Gender Criticism paper that connected many of the events of the book to Chopin’s real life. I used this mediocre essay as the bones for my New Historical paper. I started the revision process by finding more sources and connecting to more to history alongside Chopin’s life experiences in my attempt at writing this paper through the New Historical lens.