"The Story of an Hour" is one of the greatest works by Kate Chopin. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
- What is important about the title?
- What are the conflicts in "The Story of an Hour"? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) do you see in this story?
- How does Kate Chopin reveal character in "The Story of an Hour"?
- What are some themes in the story? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
- What are some symbols in "The Story of an Hour"? How do they relate to the plot and characters?
- Is Mrs. Millard consistent in her actions? Is she a fully developed character? How? Why?
- Do you find the characters likable? Would you want to meet the characters?
- Does the story end the way you expected? How? Why?
- What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?
- Why is the story usually considered a work of feminist literature?
- How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?
- What is the role of women in the text? What about single/independent women?
- Would you recommend this story to a friend?