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Short Story Elements: House of Usher & Story of an Hour - Chapter Summary
Edgar Allen Poe and Kate Chopin are widely recognized as top authors of their time and significant contributors to American literature. This chapter examines a short story from each author and explores short story elements authors typically use to develop their literary works. Lessons provide a quality summary and analysis of The Fall of the House of Usher and Story of an Hour, and short quizzes assess comprehension of the lessons. Upon completion of this chapter, students will be prepared to:
- Identify short story elements, and explain how they influence and interact with one another
- Describe elements Poe used in his short story The Fall of the House of Usher
- Explain the plot and describe characters in Chopin's Story of an Hour
1. Analyzing How Story Elements Interact
Authors don't simply put their thoughts on paper to create a perfect story. Instead, they need to design strong story elements that influence each other and interact. This lesson details those interactions.
2. Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher: Summary and Analysis
Learn how Poe uses diction, point of view, symbols, and personification to create his most celebrated short story 'The Fall of the House of Usher,' a story about premature burial, death, and sorrow.
3. Kate Chopin's 'Story of an Hour': Summary and Analysis
In this lesson, we will examine the plot and characters of Kate Chopin's most widely read short story, 'The Story of an Hour.' We will consider the ways in which the author's topics of marriage and independence reflect her feminist sensibilities and make this an early work of feminist literature.
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