Sample Fiction Paper Plan

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This is one way to go about planning your fiction paper. It is missing the details of my lecture, but it should still help you. Pay special attention to the thesis and the outline.

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Sample Fiction Paper Plan

  1. 1. Preparing an Analytical Paper “The Story of an Hour” “TheYellow Wallpaper”
  2. 2. Two Stories  “The Story of an Hour” ◦ Brently Mallard (husband) ◦ Louise (repressed)  Appears dead throughout much of the story  Seems to be good friend with Richards  Given only clues about how Louise feels about him  “TheYellow Wallpaper” ◦ John (husband) ◦ Narrator (depressed)  Appears controlling of the narrator‟s actions  Is a respected doctor  Narrator states how she feels about her husband
  3. 3. Similarities Between Two Stories  Both men seem controlling or oppressive.  Both women are mentally weak.  Both stories take place about the same time (“TheYellow Wallpaper” 1892) & (“The Story of an Hour” 1894).  Liberation is a theme of both stories.
  4. 4. Thesis Development
  5. 5. Thesis Development  In “The Story of an Hour” and “The YellowWallpaper,” the main characters feel oppressed by their husbands and find liberation in unique ways.  In “The Story of an Hour” and “The YellowWallpaper,” the husbands appear typical for the time period, yet for the main characters, they are oppressive, and both women find liberation in their own way.
  6. 6. Some Sources  “TheYellowWallpaper”/”The Story of an Hour” – 19 October 2011 - http://alexandratliterature.blogspot.com/2011/10/yellow- wallpaperthe-story-of-hour.html  “TheYellowWallpaper” – Short Stories for Students – Sections that are useful: ◦ “John,” “Psychological Realism” ◦ “Critical Overview” ◦ “Criticism: Rena Korb” ◦ “Criticism: Greg Johnson.”  “The Story of an Hour” – Short Stories for Students – Sections that are useful: ◦ “Criticism: Barbara C. Ewell” ◦ “Criticism: Madonne M. Miner.”
  7. 7. Frailty  Louise has a weak heart, so her friends and family try to protect her from any news that is shocking.  The narrator suffers from melancholy, and her husband has brought her to a summer home for a rest cure.  In “The Story of an Hour” and “TheYellow Wallpaper,” the husbands appear typical for the time period, yet for the main characters, they are oppressive, and both women find liberation in their own way.  In the late 1800s, women were considered the more frail and weaker sex.
  8. 8. Husbands  “The Story of an Hour” has a 3rd person narrator who hints at Brently‟s controlling nature.  “TheYellow Wallpaper” has a 1st person narrator who speaks about how her husband controls her.  In “The Story of an Hour” and “The YellowWallpaper,” the husbands appear typical for the time period, yet for the main characters, they are oppressive, and both women find liberation in their own way.
  9. 9. Freedom  Louise learns her husband has died and feels free for the first time she since married.  The narrator searches the wallpaper for answers and eventually finds freedom through the wallpaper.  In “The Story of an Hour” and “TheYellow Wallpaper,” the husbands appear typical for the time period, yet for the main characters, they are oppressive, and both women find liberation in their own way.
  10. 10. Outline  Introduction  Frailty of the main characters ◦ Louise‟s physical frailty ◦ Narrator‟s mental frailty  Dominance of the husbands ◦ Descriptions of Louise‟s husband (Brently) ◦ Descriptions of Narrator‟s husband (John)  Freedom attained by the main characters ◦ Louise‟s death at the shock ◦ Narrator‟s escape from the room over husband‟s body  Conclusion
  11. 11. Frailty of Main Characters  “The Story of an Hour”  “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.”  “She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength.”  “Now her bosom rose and fell tumultuously.”  “There was a feverish triumph in her eyes,…”  “TheYellow Wallpaper”  “…there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression--a slight hysterical tendency-- what is one to do?  So I take phosphates or phosphites--whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise, and am absolutely forbidden to „work‟ until I am well again.”  “there is nothing to hinder my writing as much as I please, save lack of strength.”
  12. 12. Husbands  “The Story of an Hour”  “She said it over and over under the breath:„free, free, free!‟”  “She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death;”  “There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature.”  “And yet she had loved him-- sometimes. Often she had not.”  “TheYellow Wallpaper”  “John is a physician, and perhaps--(I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind)-- perhaps that is one reason I do not get well faster.”  “There comes John, and I must put this away,--he hates to have me write a word.”  “He said I was his darling and his comfort and all he had, and that I must take care of myself for his sake, and keep well.”
  13. 13. Freedom  “The Story of an Hour”  “There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. ”  “‟Free! Body and soul free!‟ she kept whispering.”  “When the doctors came they said she had died of heart disease--of the joy that kills.”  “TheYellow Wallpaper”  "What is the matter?" he cried. "For God's sake, what are you doing!" I kept on creeping just the same, but I looked at him over my shoulder. "I've got out at last," said I, "in spite of you and Jane. And I've pulled off most of the paper, so you can't put me back!" Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time!
  14. 14. Criticisms  Use a quote about women & men & marriage in the 1800s.  Use a quote about Brently‟s controlling nature.  Use a quote about John‟s controlling nature.  Use a quote about seeking freedom.

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