Kate Chopin's Short Stories

Critical Thinking Questions

1.) Did your response to Mrs. Mallard change at any point in the story? If so, where and why? If not, what was your consistent response toward her? Why?

2.) What is the narrator’s attitude towards Mrs. Mallard? Where do you find this attitude most clearly suggested?

3.) What personal and social values influence your reading of the story?

4.) What do you think might have made Mrs. Mallard’s experience of marriage s more positive one? What could Brently Mallard have done to make her happier? To what extend do you think this might have been for him?

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