“The Story of an Hour" is a piece of literature that does not allow the reader to be ambivalent or indifferent about its events. The reader will have a reaction of one extreme or another—either extreme recrimination for Mrs. Mallard or profound empathy for her. In this essay, the writer examines the role of the reader in Chopin’s story. Far from playing a spectator role, the reader of this story must become engaged and must take a moral stance.
The thesis statement is an argument. It is something debatable. The thesis statement has a distinct opinion to it and will be explored throughout the course of the paper. When searching for a thesis statement in a paper's introduction, one seeks to find a sentence that "reveals perspective" and "like any good argument," its "perspective must be one which is debatable." In terms of writing about literature, the thesis statement is going to make a particular statement. In this case, we should be looking for something about Chopin's story. The thesis statement in an essay about Chopin's "The Story of An Hour" should be some type of statement that deals with the literary elements of the story such as characters, theme, or even Chopin itself. Common elements of a thesis statement might be comparative, in linking Chopin's work with another work, or seeking to "deconstruct it" where a "particular world view" is explored. Despite different approaches with the content of thesis statements, it will be framed as an argument.