Review feedback from your instructor (in Grades) on your final draft of Writing Project 1 and/or the half draft of this project, from your peers (in M05 Peer Response–Writing Project….
Why do you think Mrs. Mallard married Brently? Do you think Mrs. Mallard loves her husband? Explain your answer
When the doctors came, they said she had died of heart disease–of joy that kills.
- Climax: Having accepted and rejoiced in her newfound freedom, Louise exits her bedroom only to find her husband coming through the front door, a sight that fatally shocks her heart with a “joy that kills.”
- Resolution: In an effort to protect Louise from the utter shock of seeing her living husband, Richards quickly tries to obscure Brently, but to no avail, and Louise lets out her final sound: a sharp scream that startles and mystifies her husband. When the doctors inspect Louise’s dead body, they decide that she died because her heart was too excited—too overjoyed—to see her husband.
- Why do you think Mrs. Mallard married Brently? Do you think Mrs. Mallard loves her husband? Explain your answer.
- Were the moments before Mrs. Mallard’s death happy? What do you think is significant about the last line? Explain your answer.
- How is this text a critique of Victorian social norms? What, if any, reform does it suggest? Cite evidence from this text, your own experience, and other literature, art, or history in your answer.
- In the context of this text, what are the effects of discrimination against women? Cite evidence from this text, your own experience, and other literature, art, or history in your answer
- Reread lines 13–36. What kind of pattern do you see in Mrs. Mallard’s emotions and how does this pattern lend organization to the story?
- What does Mrs. Mallard mean when she says, “free, free, free”? What kind of idea or message do you think these words convey? Explain.
- Reread lines 49–67, with close attention to Mrs. Mallard and her emotional state. What kind of order do you detect in this part of the story? Explain.
- In the story’s closing line, are the doctors correct in saying that Mrs. Mallard died “of joy that kills”? And how does the closing line add to the message or idea you have found in Mrs. Mallard’s thoughts and feelings as the story developed? Explain your answer, citing evidence from the story
- What is the significance of Mrs. Mallard’s name?