Kate Chopin's Short Stories

What did you think the "thing" "approaching to possess" Mr. Mallard? Why? Rereading the first page, How does Mr Mallard's secret "monstrous joy" change the way you understand the actions of Josephie and Mrs.Mallard?

Discussion questions "Story of an Hour" (1894), Kate Chopin

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The "thing" was joy.... Mrs. Mallard's actions revolved around processing her husband's death and ultimately celebrating the freedom it would afford her. Mrs. Mallard wanted to be alone because of these feelings..... her sister left her alone to grieve.


The Story of An Hour