*Central Theme ¡§Freedom¡¨
*Key points of story that help identify the internal/external conflict.
*Climax and whether the ending is a catastrophe or resolution.
I. To begin w/ lets look at what the internal conflict is:
Louise felt repressed in her marriage to her husband, in a sense she wanted to be free from him.
1. Look at 1st paragraph, which sets the stage for this story.
Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death.
2. Describe the setting in her room, which is the setting in the story.
There stood, facing the open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul. (Notice the hints given)
She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves. ( This description of the scenery is very happy, usually not how one sees the world after hearing devastating news of her husbands death.)
There were patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds that had met and piled ...
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