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When Edna learns finally to swim she gains great confidence in herself, her own 'powers' and 'strength': A feeling of exultation overtook her, as if some power of significant import had been...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013, 6:21 pm (UTC)

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Edna felt herself to be in love with a famous tragedian, even kissing the "cold glass" of his picture when she was alone. However, Leonce Pontellier "pressed his suit with an earnestness and an...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019, 5:04 pm (UTC)

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In the first few paragraphs of The Awakening, Edna Pontellier's relationship with her children is presented as distant, but generally positive. The children play under the trees by themselves and...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2018, 1:39 pm (UTC)

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Though there are a few important conflicts in Kate Chopin's The Awakening, I believe the most significant conflict is Edna Pontellier's rebellion against the misogynist structures and customs of...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2016, 7:40 pm (UTC)

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In this chapter, we learn that music has always tended to have a predictable effect on Edna: it inspires pictures within her imagination. However, this time, Edna "waited in vain" for the pictures...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2019, 2:04 am (UTC)

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Mademoiselle Reisz is a key character in Kate Chopin'sThe Awakening. She represents two contrasting models of womanhood in the novel. The other model, that of the "mother-woman," is represented by...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013, 10:26 pm (UTC)

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I would describe Edna as a good mother, through the lens of 21st-century motherhood, though she is an atypical one; she's not the overly-nurturing and abundantly maternal type. She insists on...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2018, 1:31 pm (UTC)

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A paradox is a statement that appears on a superficial level to contradict itself. Edna's paradox, and her suicide, has less to do with her mothering abilities and her attachment to her children...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2018, 12:45 pm (UTC)

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In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, her protagonist, Edna, experiences an increasing awareness that she is not happy, although she is not certain why. When she finally does realize that she does not...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016, 9:19 pm (UTC)

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The "outward life" describes the social persona—the mask individuals assume when out in the world among other people. This persona is taken on so an individual can comfortably engage in society...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019, 1:32 am (UTC)

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The central idea of Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening can be identified in the title of the work. Edna Pointellier, the protagonist of the story, experiences both a psychological/emotional...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019, 12:32 pm (UTC)

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Early in the novel, we see Edna begin to "awaken" to the truth of her inner self, as well as to the ways that self does not and cannot fulfill the expectations of the society around her. Edna...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019, 4:33 pm (UTC)

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When, in Kate Chopin’s 1899 short story The Awakening, Edna Pontellier declares in Chapter 36 that she is “. . . no longer one of Mr. Pontellier’s possessions to dispose of or not . . .,” she is...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2013, 5:01 pm (UTC)

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Edna Pontellier, the protagonist of Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening, is married to Léonce Pontellier and has two kids with him. Léonce is a rich businessman who makes enough money for his family...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013, 5:00 pm (UTC)

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When Edna learns to swim, her perception of its significance and import alerts her to the contrast between the way she conceives of her own experiences and the way she is seen by others. While she...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019, 12:16 am (UTC)

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In the final pages, Edna returns to Grand Isle and almost immediately walks to the beach where she learned to swim. At this point, the ocean seems to represent both temptation and her own sexual...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2018, 8:04 pm (UTC)

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"The pigeon-house pleased her. It at once assumed the intimate character of a home, while she herself invested it with a charm which it reflected like a warm glow. There was with her a feeling of...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2010, 11:22 pm (UTC)

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Mother-woman" is not so much a metaphor as it is a title and a statement of the role of women in Creole society. In Creole society at the turn of the century it was considered the ideal...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2010, 8:00 am (UTC)

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In saying that she would be willing to give up her life, but not herself, for her children, Edna is making a distinction between the life of the body and the life of the spirit. Edna would be...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2010, 3:46 am (UTC)

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In chapter 19 of Kate Chopin's The Awakening we witness Edna Pontellier growing steadily careless about her role as a wife and mother, and more interested in her self-discovery. This...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2012, 12:00 am (UTC)

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The significance of water in The Awakening is shown by Edna’s entering the water when she learns to swim and again at the end, when she swims out too far. In addition, as she and Robert contemplate...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2021, 5:55 am (UTC)

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"The Story of an Hour" and The Awakening are joined in being centrally about a middle-class woman coming to an acute awareness of her own desire for autonomy and freedom and having, at least for...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2021, 11:25 pm (UTC)

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The narrator tells us that the arrival of Edna's father "was in the nature of a welcome disturbance; it seemed to furnish a new direction for her emotions." However, "She was not very warmly or...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2018, 11:30 am (UTC)

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There is evidence of at least two possible allusions in the second part of Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening. In Chapter 28 – “…comprehend the significance of life, that monster made up of beauty...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2010, 11:17 am (UTC)

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I would consider her treatment of her children when she is alive as kind of begign neglect. They don't seem to be suffering for the way they are treated. Each year I have students comment on the...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2010, 10:13 am (UTC)

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Robert influences Edna's awakening in that, with him, she learns what it feels like to desire another and to be desired. With her husband, she is conscious that she often through habit, [...]...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2018, 11:21 pm (UTC)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson’s philosophy prioritizes nature and independence. In “Nature,” Emerson details the wonders of the natural world and its transcendent qualities. He famously describes an...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2021, 4:34 pm (UTC)

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"The Awakening" is widely thought of as one of the first overtly feminist novels. Published in 1899, it was censored for content and considered too smutty for public reading. The protagonist, Edna...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2011, 2:22 pm (UTC)

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Both "The Story of an Hour" and The Awakening are feminist pieces written by Kate Chopin. Both texts explore the idea of women's roles in society and how women resist these roles and standards...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2019, 5:14 pm (UTC)

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Adèle Ratignolle is Edna's friend but also her foil, or opposite. Adèle is content, as Edna is not, with being a wife and mother. She is glad to subordinate her own needs to her family....

Latest answer posted September 18, 2021, 11:40 am (UTC)

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Edna Pontellier has long sought to be free in the oppressive society in which she lives. Her husband, Leonce, is regarded as a good husband, but he is oblivious to her true feelings and enjoys a...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2017, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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In chapter VII of The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, we find Edna Pontellier gazing at the ocean, realizing that she has always been "different." By different it is meant that she has never had the...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011, 8:56 am (UTC)

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In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, the action of the story takes place in New Orleans and Grand Isle. The story opens with Edna in Grand Isle, which was a resort town about an hour outside of New...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016, 3:23 am (UTC)

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Edna Pontellier's awakening to a greater sense of personal freedom seems to take great strides in her encounters with other people who model or demonstrate to her that freedom in their own...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2013, 11:17 pm (UTC)

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The Awakening is told from a third-person omniscient point of view. It is tempting to say that it is limited omniscient because the narrator spends so much time detailing Edna's thoughts and...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2017, 4:40 pm (UTC)

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Chapter XVII of The Awakening marks the Pontelliers' return to New Orleans after their summer in Grand Isle. During the summer, Edna's "awakening" has begun, as she starts feeling uneasy with the...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2019, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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You ask what a literary foil is, which characters serve as foils in the text, and what their relationships with Edna might illuminate. To begin, a foil is a character who possesses traits that...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2017, 10:52 pm (UTC)

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This scene is meant to create not just foreshadowing, but also the overall sense of mediocrity that looms around Edna's life. While she has all that she needs in life, she clearly has not lived up...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2015, 3:23 pm (UTC)

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Edna’s reaction to Robert’s impending departure to Mexico is angry astonishment. Look in chapter 15 (it might be labeled “Chapter XV” in your copy of the book), and find the second paragraph, the...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2018, 4:37 pm (UTC)

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At the end of Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Edna Pontellier walks out into the sea at Grand Isle. She swims again, recalling the freedom that she felt when she learned how to swim for the first time...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2021, 4:57 pm (UTC)

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One of the first lengthy descriptions of Alcee Arobin in Kate Chopin's short novel The Awakening appears in Chapter 25 and reads as follows (with key words placed in bold): He was a familiar...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013, 11:19 pm (UTC)

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In addition to the previous answer, it is important to understand that Madame Ratignolle is serving as a character foil for Edna Pontellier. A character foil is a character who, when juxtaposed...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2010, 12:45 pm (UTC)

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The term "local color" is typically used to describe American literature works published toward the end of the Civil War, circa 1860. These works feature a focus on the unique features of people...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2018, 10:19 pm (UTC)

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Kate Chopin's The Awakening focuses on the development of the protagonist, Edna Pontellier. Her growth is also juxtaposed to two other major female characters in the novel: Mademoiselle Reisz and...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2017, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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Chopin used the image of the sea and the ocean to represent change. Initially in Chapter Six, the sea represents her sexual awakening and the beginning of Edna’s self discovery. She falls in love...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2007, 1:14 am (UTC)

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You are right to ask this question about the setting of this story and the way that it impacts the protagnist. What is notable is the way in which Edna stays in many different houses throughout...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2011, 6:56 pm (UTC)

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The concept of "mother-woman" is found in chapter four of The Awakening by Kate Chopin. This phrase is used by Léonce Pontellier to describe the woman his wife, Edna, is not. For example, when one...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013, 6:05 pm (UTC)

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This reflects rather poorly on Edna as a mother. Her children appear to her here not just as encumbrances but as 'antagonists' actively opposing her, indeed oppressing her. The fact that she wants...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2013, 5:31 pm (UTC)

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There are several contrasts between the two relationships. These are partly due to the personalities of all persons involved, the goals of both relationships, and the way they treat one another....

Latest answer posted November 21, 2018, 2:05 am (UTC)

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Obviously, by the late 1800s, slavery has been outlawed, but we still see that most people of color discussed (or briefly described) in the novel are servants and are only defined, really, by their...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2018, 2:15 pm (UTC)

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