Read and discuss Chopin's The Story of an Hour.

The Story of an Hour

1. What is the nature of Mrs. Mallard's "heart trouble?"

2. What kind of relationships do the Mallards have?

3. What does Josephine represent in the story? What does Richards represent?

4. Mrs. Mallard is described as descending the stairs "like a goddess of Victory." In what ways does she feel herself victorious?

5. What view of marriage does the story present? The story was published in 1894; does it only represent attitudes toward marriage in the nineteenth century, or could it equally apply to attitudes about marriage today, in the twenty-first century?

6. What are the ethical issues associated with monogamy?

7. What are the ethical issues associated with marriage and divorce?

8. Should parents stay married to spare their children the pain of a divorce or separation?