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    The Awakening

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    In 1899 Kate Chopin’s The Awakening was released to readers, which is now regarded as a classic in American fiction. Her style consists of strict following of grammar rules and sharp, precise sentence structures, bringing an entirely different feel to her story when read compared to other works of fiction that deliberately cut and switch their choice of words and structures to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. The Awakening contains a strict writing style, a theme of identity crisis, and is an overall very different story for it’s time. In The Awakening, we see a different style of writing compared to other works of literature. While some may end a sentence strangely or purposely make the feel of the words come out choppy to ‘show’ a…

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    The Awakening

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    Book Review of The Awakening The Awakening is a tremendous novel written by Kate Chopin in 1899. The novel is set in Louisiana and follows the spiritual journey of Edna Pontellier, a twenty-eight-year-old wife and mother living in New Orleans. While in Grand Isle for the summer with her husband, Léonce, and their two children, she finds herself displeased with her marriage and the conventional behavior it demands from her. Edna was very different from the other women residing at Grand Isle…

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    Symbols In The Awakening

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    The Awakening Essay “The takeaway is that only you know who you were born to be, and you need to be free to be that person,” Ruby Rose. In other words, Ruby Rose believes that you should be free to be whoever you want to be. Society should not have to decide who you are supposed to be. Kate Chopin’s The Awakening describes how society has certain expectations for females, taking care of their children or doing housework. Chopin uses symbols to describe the character’s , Edna, awakening to being…

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    From Fitzgerald 's boats that beat on against the current to Maya Angelou who still rises with the certainty of tides, the ocean has long represented and radiated a sense of power. It can push against you, holding you under its clear blue weight; it can pull your body close in a suffocating embrace with each deep swell; it can reel back like a serpent, twisting around your toes and licking your heels. The Awakening by Kate Chopin ties the water’s wild and sensuous tendrils to the difficulties of…

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    In The Awakening, Kate Chopin illustrates the slow awakening of Edna Pontellier, a married woman who seeks her own happiness of individuality and her desires in a Victorian society. As a result, Edna tries to make changes in her life, such as abandoning her responsibilities as a mother and relocating into her own home. However, Edna is soon aware that change is not pleasant. Feeling impossibility and hopelessness, Edna chooses to die as an ultimate escape from the restrictions of the Victorian…

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    Symbols In The Awakening

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    The Awakening Since the feminist movement between the 1960s and 1970s, many scholars have showed much interest to Kate Chopin’s literature. This particular story shows a life of a married woman and the struggles of her family, husband and her desires for love and freedom. The short story “The Awakening” has a specific symbolism that has a lot of meaning throughout the story. Chopin begins the novel with a scene of a parrot. In the academic journal of "The Awakening And A Lost Lady: Flying With…

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    Kate Chopin, in her book The Awakening, utilizes various metaphors of birds to symbolize Edna in different lights, revealing the theme that freedom comes with a price. Chopin opens the book with the description of a caged bird, setting up the metaphor from the start. She describes the bird as a bird that “[hangs] in a cage” and it speaks “a language which nobody [understands]” (Chopin 3). Edna is the caged bird in this metaphor. She feels trapped in her marriage by her husband and kids, as most…

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    In the novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin symbolism is present in numerous ways. Edna’s learning to swim is symbolic of her life and of the multiple events that consequently transpire later in this novel. Edna’s new found confidence and need for control ultimately lead her to search for herself and become an individual once again. Through symbolism it becomes present that Edna Pontellier discovers herself; however it is during this process of self-discovery and Edna’s experiences that occur…

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    There are multiple definitions to having an “awakening.” In Webster’s dictionary the definition states, “coming into existence or awareness.” In a metaphorical sense, an awakening could be whatever the person makes it. In the case of Edna Pontellier, she is awakened by the romance of a man other than her husband. This romance, also understood as her true happiness, costs her the marriage she has built over the years, but helped her gain strength as a woman. The focus has been placed on Edna’s…

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    The Movie Awakenings

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    In the movie, Awakenings, there were many actual depictions of what happened during the trial. The actual events of the drug trial were performed by Dr. Oliver Sacks who asked that his name be changed in the movie. During the 1920s there was an epidemic of encephalitis lethargica that spread worldwide. Symptoms of encephalitis begin with high fever, headache, and sore throat. Progression of the disease has symptoms of muscle pain, tremors, slowing of physical and mental response as well as…

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