Directions: Choose one of the following as the topic for your essay. Your paper should be approximately 4 pages (typed, double-spaced) in length. Do not exceed 5 pages in any event.
1. Combine the kind of close analysis used in a formalist approach with one of the following approaches to write an interpretation of "The Story of an Hour": reader-response (restricted to reception theory or an analysis that identifies the characteristics of Chopin's implied reader), psychoanalytic (any model, but make clear which), feminist.
2. Use one approach or a coherent combination of approaches we have studied (not a smorgasbord) to respond to one of the student essays used for illustration in Bressler chapters 4-7. Begin by providing a brief summary of the student's interpretation of the work he or she is writing about, identify a point or multiple points that you would modify or counter, then make your case through your own interpretation of the literary work.
Assessment: Refer to the Grading Criteria on your syllabus.