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    The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a literary work full of symbolism that adds meaning to the story and to the characters. Throughout the story Edna Pontieller expresses her progress, in The Awakening, as a new woman by using the symbolism of the caged birds, art and music, houses, and the sea. From the very beginning of the story, the caged birds play a main role in symbolizing Edna’s entrapment. In the book the parrots kept repeating ““ Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That’s all right!””…

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    Love is not for the faint of heart. It demands aspects of us, such as time, work, and dedication, that we must sacrifice for the sake of others. Sometimes, these demands are not met, and that is where we can encounter problems. In The Awakening, Edna Pontellier finds herself in relationships where she must decide who deserves her love – herself or another. As her journey to self-discovery progresses, she starts to abandon her past self and become what she once despised - the embodiment of…

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    “Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim” says Vicki Harrison, the author of Dressed to Thrill. Learning to swim is something that almost anyone can accomplish. Much like swimming in the ocean, no matter how overwhelming it can become, everyone can learn to cope with their grief. For the main character in A Christmas Carol, however, he strives to take on his grief without learning…

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    questioning of the way they could live their lives. In the novella, The Awakening, Kate Chopin portrays the way that Edna defies social convention on what women’s role in society should be and reaches and ultimate awakening at the end of the novella. In the beginning of the novella, Chopin shows that Edna does not conform to the standards of what women’s roles should…

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    and never ceasing. Edna had a major conflict in her mind when Robert asks her to join him. She has two sides fighting over what to do. The one is telling her to go forth, have a good time, and follow what she really wants while the other tries to hold her back so that she will remain faithful to her husband. The sea is also labeled as seductive and inviting, which correlates to how Edna was pulled…

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    existence which conforms, the inward life which questions” (Chopin 13). Her father viewed the world differently from her since she could remember, it served to drive her from his presence. She meets Lѐonce Pontellier who instantly becomes smitten with Edna, “she fancied there was a sympathy of thought between them, in which fancy was mistaken. Add to this the violent opposition of her father and her sister…

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    “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin is a novella about a married woman, Edna, who realizes that she is unsatisfied with her life. Chopin wrote this in a period where feminist ideas were just starting to appear, but it was still a world where women were expected to be married, be mothers, and stay in the home. Margo Culley writes her essay on the novella in a period where feminism in is its third wave; where women are focused on individual identity, diversity, and breaking stereotypes . Culley, a…

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    Edna's Statement Analysis

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    kids; however she refused not to live her life for anyone. Edna just want her identity separated from anyone else’s. After reading the statement I correlated Edna to women who experience domestic violence. Some domestic violence victims who have financial stability, social status or a complete family unit with their abuser; therefore they choose to stay with their abuser instead of having the freedom and individuality each person deserve. Edna realized that it is nice to live, but it’s not worth…

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    Edna seems to be rather ‘wild’, unpredictable, careless, and unashamed of her actions. At first she seemed like a pretty normal person, but over the course of the summer something changed her greatly. She abandoned her household and wifely duties, with the excuse that she wanted to paint. While her husband is caring and sensible, he fails to understand her odd and offensive ways and leaves for a while. While he is gone she falls in love with Alcee, who adores her. She even moved out of their old…

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    A poet who explored the effect grief has on people like Sheehan, was Edna St. Vincent Millay. She was a poet from Rockland, Maine. She was born on February 22, 1892 into a very female-powerful home. Her mother asked her father to leave the home and encouraged her daughters to be ambitious and self sufficient. Millay got a scholarship to Vassar for her poem “Renascence” where she wrote even more poetry. The same year she graduated, 1917, she published her first book, Renascence and Other Poems.…

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