Day 1

Kate Chopin's Short Stories Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    Chopin wrote "Beyond the Bayou" as a story for children. Do you see anything in the story to indicate this? How is it different from the other two stories you read today?

    Some students may see the simplicity of the central conflict, and the somewhat dreamlike tone of the story, as evidence that Chopin intended a child audience, as well as the relatively low stakes of the story (Chéri is not in terribly serious danger, as long as he gets care). Others may find all three stories similiar in style and tone, and attribute the simplicity of "Beyond the Bayou" to racism (Chopin's assumption that a black character had simple thoughts) rather than an intended...

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