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Why did Edna marry Leonce in The Awakening and is he a model husband?

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 Awakening, when Edna finally learns to swim she swims out alone far from the other people.  How does this...

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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In The Awakening, what is the "outward life which conforms, and the inward life which questions"?

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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What are the main conflicts in The Awakening by Kate Chopin?

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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What is the central idea of Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening?

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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What is the message Kate Chopin is conveying in her novel The Awakening?

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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What is Edna’s relationship with her children in The Awakening?

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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What is Edna's response to the music of Mademoiselle Reisz in The Awakening? How is this related to the "awakening"...

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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In The Awakening, what kind of mother is Edna?

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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In The Awakening, how is Edna's father, the Kentucky Colonel, relevant to the story, and what is his role? How does...

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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Edna Pontellier could not have told why, wishing to go to the beach with Robert, she should in the first place...

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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In Kate Chopin's brief novel The Awakening, Mademoiselle Reiz tells Edna, "The bird that would soar above the level...

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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In Chapter 36 of Kate Chopin's short story The Awakening, Edna tells Robert "I am no longer one of Mr Pontellier's...

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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Is the Awakening a feminist text or not?

"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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Why does Edna commit suicide at the end of the book?

Throughout The Awakening, as the title suggests, protagonist Edna Pontellier slowly realizes that she is not content with her situation in life. Edna is an upper-class white woman living in New...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019 5:46 pm UTC

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What are the internal and external conflicts in The Awakening?

The major conflict in Chopin's The Awakening has to do with Edna's feeling that she is restricted by her role as a wife and mother. She has a short romance with Robert Lebrun, and after this...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2010 2:45 am UTC

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Who is the antagonist in "The Awakening"?

Kate Chopin's characterization of the potential male antagonists -- Leonce Pontellier and Robert Lebrun -- seems to indicate that the antagonist is not a person but is, instead, the larger society...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016 7:23 pm UTC

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What is the metaphor for "mother women" in the awakening? "

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 The Awakening, Edna refuses to "sacrifice herself for her children," yet, because she cannot give them what they...

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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How does the setting of the Pontellier's house in New Orleans compare with that of Grand Isle?

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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Questions about the book called " The Awakening" 1.identify the novel's point of view and discuss the effect of any...

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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Please provide 5 examples of Kate Chopin's style of writing (diction, syntax, parallelism, anaphora, etc) from The...

Chopin often uses sound devices like alliteration and slant rhyme in order to arrest our attention and make the narrative seem to mimic its content. For example, in chapter VI, the narrator says,...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2018 2:45 pm UTC

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Discuss the relationship of Leonce and Edna in Chopin's The Awakening with examples.

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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Edna Pontellier: Contradictions between the way others see her and the way she sees herself in The Awakening. Edna...

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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What literary device apart from symbolism is used in The Awakening by Kate Chopin?

Symbolism is one major literary technique used in Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening. Irony is another. Throughout the book, Chopin uses irony in ways that surprise us, open our eyes, or make us...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011 6:46 am UTC

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What are some allusions and their significance in the second half of The Awakening?

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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What is the significance of Edna choosing suicide in the end?

Kate Chopin'sThe Awakeningends with Edna Pontellier's suicide after a long period of self-realization. This self-realization leads her to conclude that life, as she has come to know it, does not...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2012 2:20 pm UTC

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From chapter 15 in The Awakening, explain and analyze Edna's reaction to Robert's departure. Use the lines from "As...

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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I need a good theme for The Awakening by Kate Chopin. What are some important themes in The Awakening by Kate Chopin?

This novel is a story rich with thematic topics. Here are a few of the many ideas that Chopin was exploring in this novel. Once you have a thematic statement, then you can craft a thesis...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2011 10:58 am UTC

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the voice of the sea speaks fo the soul ,analysis

The sea is an important symbol in Chopin's The Awakening. This phrase "the voice of the sea speaks to the soul" is repeated in this exact or a related form multiple times in the novel, and there is...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2018 6:17 pm UTC

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What are some good quotes to show the symbolism of the sea in The Awakening by Kate Chopin?

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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In The Awakening, why do the twins play the duet from Zampa?

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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In The Awakening, discuss the imagery of darkness, shadows, and night.

In The Awakening, it appears that Edna's transformation begins to take place at night, specifically when she finds that she can swim. She has a moment of elation at the freedom she feels, and her...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2010 12:43 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast "The Yellow Wallpaper" and The Awakening.

The story "The Yellow Wallpaper" and the novel The Awakening share a common theme: the subjugation of women toward the end of the nineteenth century. Both writings feature a female character that...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2017 9:21 pm UTC

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"At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life-that outward."  What does this suggest about...

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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What is the function of Edna's flashbacks in The Awakening?

Edna's flashbacks reveal that she has always, consciously or not, questioned society's rules and the expectations placed on her as a female in the late-nineteenth century. The narrator describes...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019 10:52 pm UTC

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Are there three adjectives or phrases which describe a "mother-woman" (with examples) in chapters four through eight...

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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In The Awakening by Kate Chopin, how does the setting contribute to the theme of self-discovery?

Kate Chopin's The Awakening is part of America's literary movement called Regionalism, with the idea of place creating a strong element in the overall work's meaning. Set in Louisiana and the Grand...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2020 4:24 pm UTC

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In The Awakening, what is the theme of individuality against the community?

In The Awakening the theme of individuality is brought up through the discoveries that Edna Pontellier encounters along the way of trying to find herself as a person and, most importantly, as a...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2013 9:55 pm UTC

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Why does Edna get involved with Alcee Arobin?

Alcee Arobin follows Edna around and spends a great deal of time with her while Mr. Pontellier is not home. At first it is simply a friendship, Edna takes no true interest in Alcee because he love...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2010 9:59 pm UTC

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What are some good examples and quotes to show the conflict in The Awakening by Kate Chopin?

A great section of this brilliant novel to look at in regards to conflict and the way that conflict emerges as a result of Edna's awakening comes in Chapter 11, which is when Edna asserts her will...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011 5:39 am UTC

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How does Kate Chopin uses the characters in The Awakening to cast Edna Pontellier's desires in sharp relief?

Kate Chopin primarily uses Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz to show the limited options for women, and by extension for Edna, in late nineteenth-century Southern society. Adele is the...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018 2:13 am UTC

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What is Edna's process of awakening in "The Awakening"?

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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What features make The Awakening a "local color" story?

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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What are five words that Kate Chopin uses to describe Alcee Arobin in her short novel The Awakening, and, of those...

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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How does the text use clothing and garments (or the lack thereof) to portray Edna’s rebellion against Victorian...

Another example of the the clothing in from early in the novel when Adele and Edna are walking on the beach. Adele is wearing pure white clothing which suggests her pure attitude about Creole...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012 12:17 pm UTC

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What are two chapters in Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor that relate to Kate Chopin's The Awakening? 

There are many chapters in Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor that could apply to Chopin's The Awakening. If I had to choose only two that are the most significant, I would choose...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 8:44 pm UTC

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In The Awakening, how does the author's choice of words or language reflect the time period in which the novel was...

The diction, which is the author's word choice, is a great way to understand setting, which is the time and place in which a text occurs. Some examples of diction include all of the French language...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2010 12:36 pm UTC

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Find 3-5 quotes from Chopin's The Awakening where the author uses the bird motif.

"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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How does The Awakening speak to the roles of women at the end of the 19th century?

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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