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 "Flights of Fancy" and "Geography Matters..." (paired with "...So Does Season").
"Flights of Fancy" notes that "flight is freedom" (128) but also that "irony trumps everything" (129). In The Awakening, symbolism related to birds is crucial to the novel's meaning. The opening image of the book is a bird in a cage speaking French. The bird comes to symbolize Edna herself, as she feels oppressed and trapped in her marriage, by the institution of marriage itself. Later in the novel, Edna begins to test her freedom and develops a friendship with the musician Mademoiselle Reisz . At one point, Mademoiselle touches Edna's shoulders and tells her she is testing her wings, as "the bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings." Clearly, Mme. Reisz sees that...
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