Class Discussion: The Story of an Hour

Your initial post should address all three of the issues below (1 – 3) and should be at least 100 words long. It would be helpful if you number your answers in some way for easier reading.
1) Our lecture this week discusses the idea that literature has many important psychological, social, political functions, among others. Consider ways in which a thoughtful reader of Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” likely might be impacted by it. How might it affect such a reader psychologically? How might it impact his or her (or their) politics? How might it draw the reader closer to a person or a group of people? Explain in some detail and, if possible, discuss particular scenes in the story that are relevant to your ideas.
2) Our lecture this week also discusses how to do literary analysis by breaking down a story into its parts and discussing the impact of at least one of those parts either on a reader or on some other aspect of the story. We have already discussed the impact of two kinds of irony in the story, but there are many other “elements” of fiction as well. For instance, stories have “beginnings,” “middles” and “ends.” Stories also have “characters” and “conflicts,” and they use literary devices like “dialogue,” “description,” “imagery,” “symbolism” and “metaphor” to make the experience seem more real to the reader and be more emotionally involving. A sentence that does literary analysis will look like one of the following:a) “The long description at the beginning of the story of a beautiful house filled with beautiful things has the impact of introducing the theme of “the home” and “family” to the reader.”b) “The metaphor describing John Smith as a “rat” is likely to make the reader feel that John is a villain and not a character to sympathize with.”Please choose some sentence or two from the story that has not already been written about by another student, and explain what impacts that sentence is likely to have on the reader, using the same basic format as “a” and “b” above. However, please make sure to add additional sentences afterward to help explain and further discuss your point.3) One of the most important ways to understand a work of literature is to evaluate whether or not you are part of that work’s “ideal audience.” For instance, if you watch a TV show meant for a child at the age you are now, then you are likely not part of the show’s ideal audience. Knowing this helps you to evaluate and analyze the show more fairly and accurately. For instance, you might write the following: “While the show has many fart jokes that I don’t find funny, I understand that the show is meant for children, and that children often do find such jokes funny. I have to concede, then, that the show has some funny scenes in it, even if I don’t personally find those scenes funny.” So, the question here are these: in what ways ARE you part of the ideal/core audience for “Story of an Hour”? In what ways are you NOT part of the core audience? And how does either being a part of or not a part of the ideal audience have an impact on your ability to appreciate and enjoy the story? Please be as specific as you can in your answers here. For instance, you may have figured out that “women” are a core audience for the story. We can tell this for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the story was originally published in a magazine that is largely read by women. You should use this knowledge and your own sense of your gender to help you answer here.