pick one topic from the 3 topic options listed on the upload instructions


The major writing assignment for this week is to compose a Literary Analysis Essay of approximately 500–750 words

Writing Assignment Literary Analysis on “The Story of an Hour”

Please choose 1 of the 3 topics below to write your essay.

 “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin

  1. Show how Chopin uses imagery and descriptive detail to contrast the rich possibilities for which Mrs. Mallard yearns, given the drab reality of her everyday life.
  2. Argue that “The Story of an Hour” dramatizes the theme that domesticity saps a woman’s spirit and physical strength.
  3. Does Chopin’s characterization of Mrs. Mallard justify the story’s unexpected and ironic climax? Explain your response.

When you use the author’s words in your analysis, make sure you use quotation marks around those words and include in-text citations and references in APA style.


When you are writing your essay you should consider the following questions:

Literary Analysis Review Evaluation Criteria and Critique Questions

  • Is the thesis effective? Does it fit the chosen topic? Explain.
  • Is the thesis supported with evidence—quotations and examples from the text? Explain.
  • Is the evidence organized effectively? Does it support the points made by the writer about the thesis? Does it correspond to the patterns of development that are suggested by the topic that is chosen? What could the writer do to make the organization more effective? Explain.
  • Are quotation marks around the author’s words, and is the punctuation correct?
  • Does the writer need to work on any grammatical or mechanical problems?
Assignment 3 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Provided a viable draft of at least a minimum word count according to the expectations of the selected assignment above.


Supported thesis with reasons, examples, and quotations from the literary text.


Incorporated terminology and concepts introduced in readings and lectures.


Posted draft on time for peer review


Reviewed and responded to 2 drafts submitted by others using the peer review questions provided.


Posted peer reviews on time.


Used correct spelling and grammar in peer reviews.





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