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  • The Awakening Critical Analysis

    Kate Chopin, in her short story The Awakening, vividly describes the timeline of Edna from her immediate arrival in New Orleans, to the beginnings of her culture shock and awakening, to her tragic suicide. Upon her arrival to Grand Isle Resort in New Orleans she meets Robert and Madame Ratignolle, both of whom take her breath away, or as the book puts it “left her stunned in amazement”. Compared to her life growing up in the slower small towns of Kentucky, the upbeat large city of New Orleans was a culture shock. If one needs a comparison think of how it would feel to visit New York City after living in North Carolina for a few years. It would be a shock just as Edna’s visit to Grand Isle Resort was a shock. The most shocking part to her was when she saw the new culture as expressive in their thoughts, opinions, and feelings, something not allowed before in that time and area. However, when she arrived to where this type of expressiveness, including her artwork for example, was not a norm for women, she was immediately alienated and metaphorically spit on by the people of that society. Madame Reisz and Edna were discussing one day about their…

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  • Edna's Grand Isles In The Awakening

    Chopin uses the Grand Isles as one of the main settings where Edna finds herself. The Grand Isles is where Edna and her husband take a little vacation with their two kids. Her husband is mostly away working so Edna always found time for herself. With this extra time Edna was able to spend a lot of her time with her best friend who are completely different, Adele Ratignolle. As Edna spends more and more of her time with Adele she gets to see what life with freedom is like. In the Grand…

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  • The Symbols Of Edna Pontellier's The Awakening

    This book explores one woman’s desire to find and live her life fully within her true self. Edna is devoted to the purpose even if it does cause friction and conflict between her family and friends. Edna Pontellier’s story begins to take place in the 1890’s Louisiana, her husband, two children and herself are vacationing for the summer on Grand Isle. They are staying at a pension which is like a boarding house where families have their own cottage, and eat together in a main dinning hall with…

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  • Sea Imagery In The Awakening

    XXIX, this same quote is repeated about the sea: “The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soil to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude.” The water beckons for her to return to it, and in ending her life she forms an eternal bond (?). Increasing solitude would be an accurate description of Edna’s life after her summer at Grand Isle. She leaves the norms of society (like her swimming group in Chapter X) and ventures further out alone.…

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  • Realism: The Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin

    and overpowering her, ‘Good-by because I love you’ [Edna’s true love, Robert] would never understand. Perhaps Doctor Mandelet would have understood if she had seen him- but it was too late; the shore was far behind her, and her strength was gone” (Chopin 136). It can be inferred that Edna had taken her own life in the last pages The Awakening. Events such as the one depicted are mainly driven and encouraged by her impulsive and emotional decisions throughout this period of realization followed…

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  • Psychological Issues In Kate Chopin's The Awakening

    limitations and struggles that all women had at the time, but her coping skills seem to be debilitated. It is common knowledge that early childhood experiences shape adult lives. Considering that Edna lost her mother at an early age and was raised solely by a cold and strict father, her childhood was lacking love and attachment. Chopin uses a limited, third person narration to provide insight into Edna’s mental state. The trauma from Edna’s childhood carries over into adulthood resulting in…

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  • Response To Kate Chopin's 'The Awakening'

    noise of the mockingbird and parrot. He also does not love his wife, as seen when he states that she is sunburnt and looks “at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage (Chopin 2). He does not bother to ask if she is in any pain, but rather makes a snarky comment. Even though he can tell that his wife takes interest in young Robert, he does not care about their friendship and tells his wife, “Well, send him about his business when he bores you,…

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  • Search Of Self In Kate Chopin's The Awakening

    time that people don't do such things; we've got to observe less convenances if we ever expect to get on and keep up with the procession. If you felt that you had to leave home this afternoon, you should have left some suitable explanation for your absence"(Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.). This text supports the theme by showing how women are looked at it society. This excerpt is about how Leonce doesn't understand why Edna thought it was okay to leave the house. Leonce…

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  • The Importance Of Dual Life In The Awakening By Kate Chopin

    during this time period and seeks a new way of living through the inner Edna. In Edna's "inward life which questions" (13), she is continuously questioning her existence within her current society and cannot conform to the ideal image in which women like Adele represent. Contrasting Adele, however, Edna is introduced early on in the novel to Mademoiselle Reisz, who acts as the polar opposite to the role Adele's character plays throughout the novel. Reisz, a talented pianist, is unmarried and…

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  • The Women In Chopin's The Awakening

    As a woman everyone expected me to do this and to do that. And while fulfilling and doing everything that was expected of me. I lost my dream, I lost my wing, and most importantly I lost me. The women in The Awakening can be seen as a representation of Chopin. Chopin’s writing is based off women in transitional periods. Adele Ratignolle, Mademoiselle Reisz, and Edna Pontellier are different versions of Chopin. In the story, The Awakening shows the reality that is not spoken about. That even…

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