Answer all of these questions in very short paragraphs (3-4 sentences or so).

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Answer all of these questions in very short paragraphs (3-4 sentences or so). Practice referencing the author’s name and title of the story in each small paragraph. Remember to only use the author’s full name once, followed by using only the last name each time afterward.
Write in present tense with one or two short (three words or so) quotations fully integrated into your text. (That Louise Mallard feels herself “pressed down” into an armchair suggests outside forces are controlling her or possibly even oppressing her.)
1. Characterize Mrs. Mallard in light of the socio-cultural forces that were were awakening during the late 1800’s which may have informed the author as she created this character.
2. The setting of the story is very limited; it is confined largely to a room, a staircase, and a front door. How does this limitation help to express the themes or big ideas of the story? In other words, why is the setting so limited?
3. In what ways is this passage significant: “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 someone was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves.” What is the symbolism in the closed door/open window dichotomy?
4. The narrator uses the word “monstrous joy” (an oxymoron) to describe how Mrs. Mallard may be feeling. The narrator also uses terms which describe Mrs. Mallard as weak, childlike, and simple in contrast with descriptions of her descending the staircase “like a goddess of victory.” Why do you feel the narrator uses such contradictory language?
bci5. In what ways is the last line of the story ironic?

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