“The Story of an Hour,” Kate Chopin
In what ways does Chopin use symbolism and imagery to show that…?
What function does irony serve in the story?
What point is Chopin trying to make about the nature of marriage for women during this period?

“”Sonny’s Blues,”” James Baldwin
I will post some topics, but feel free to text with ideas.

“The Rocking Horse Winner,” D.H. Lawrence
In what ways does the rocking horse serve as a symbol in the story?
What point is the author trying to make about the nature of greed?
What function does irony serve in the story?

“”The Cask of Amontillado,” Edgar Alan Poe
How does point of view affect the reader’s interpretation of the story?
What point is the author trying to make, if any, about the nature of revenge and pride?

“The Cathedral,” Raymond Carver
What function does irony serve in the story?
Does the narrator evolve at all in this story? If so, how?

“Hills Like White Elephants,” Ernest Hemingway
In what was does the setting function as a symbol in this story?
Characterize the relationship of this couple based on the details of the story and the point the author is trying to make in the process.

“Girl,” Jamaica Kinkaid
In what ways does the narration in this story reveal the relationship between the mother and daughter?

“Recitatif,” Toni Morrison
What purpose does ambiguity serve in the paper? What is Morrison trying to show?
Select one of the themes in the story, and write an analysis of this theme and the point the story seems to make.

“The Birth Mark,” Nathaniel Hawthorne
What point is the author trying to make about nature?
What function does irony serve in the story?

“The Open Boat,” Stephen Crane
Stephen Crane was said to be a naturalist. What function does nature serve in the story?
Analyze one of the characters in the story.

“”The Yellow Wallpaper,”” Charlotte Perkins-Gilman
In what ways is Gilman’s short story a critique of the “”rest cure”” applied to so many women of this time who suffered from postpartum depression?
How does Gilman portray the treatment of women in her short story “”The Yellow Wallpaper””?