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  • The Awakening: Edna

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    The Awakening: Edna This is a look at "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin. When you first look at the life of Edna you think there is not much to discuss. Edna is a married woman who at first seems vaguely satisfied with her life--"she grew fond of her husband, realizing with some unaccountable satisfaction that no trace of passion or excessive and fictitious warmth colored her affection, thereby threatening its dissolution." (Chopin, 558). Edna doesn't know what she wants from life. It is evident from

  • Self Discovery In Edna

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    did our people from Grand Isle disappear from the earth?” These lines, which Edna speaks in Chapter XIII, reflect her desire to be isolated with Robert and, thus, free from the restrictions of the society that surrounds them. At the same time, her fantasy that she and Robert have already been left alone as “past relics” evidences the way that her new self-awareness has separated her—dangerously—from reality. Mentally, Edna is already living in her own isolated, island-like, mythical world. She has

  • Music And Ednas Awakening

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    by means of which Edna realizes her love for Robert and her desire to be free and self-determined. Chopin’s Impromptu arouses "the very passions ... within [Edna’s] soul"(p.34). The harmony, fluidity, subtle rhythm and poetic beauty of the Romantic composer make Edna loose herself in the music that stirs her emotions. The art completes, for her, what nature cannot bring to a finish. The exquisite, looping, and often fiery melodies of the Impromptu make a cut in Edna’s mind through

  • Edna

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    Robert’s inability to stay with Edna, make Edna alone and isolated when she becomes independent, implying that woman, in order to be independent, will be alone. The power of self-expression The simple act of swimming allows Edna to remember her true strength as an athlete. Being unable to express her emotions has ultimately limited Edna in her mind-set and has forced her to live a life regimented by society. However, through the different modes of expressing herself, Edna is able to understand herself

  • Edna,Hester, and Huck

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    Edna, Hester, and Huck offer many ways that they look at society. These ways differ in how they approach their perspectives, reach their perspective, and what they conclude from their perspective. Moreover, there are a great number of similarities between the outlooks of the three characters upon the world in that they all learn or conclude their outlook from the circumstances that they are faced with, they all change their ways and somewhat rebel against their societies culture as a result of the

  • From the journal of Edna Krouner

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    From the journal of Edna Krouner On September 17th, 1908, at the brisk hour of 6:30 a.m., Miss Edna Krouner of Wakefield Rhode Island boarded a train for Poughkeepsie, New York.. About to begin her sophomore year at Vassar college, Edna flirted with two central questions: How quickly could she fall back asleep, and would anyone notice the snag she had just made in her new grey skirt? The confident thunk of heavy luggage settles Edna into the train compartment. A small, exasperated groan issues

  • Analysis Of Edna And Mademoiselle Reisz

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    young woman, entreatingly” (Chopin, 156). The dialogue above takes place between Edna and Mademoiselle Reisz. What is amazing is that it is Mademoiselle Reisz who hears from Robert not Edna. However, the letter from beginning to end is nothing but Edna. In my viewpoint, this letter resembles sunshine sliding into every corner of the heart of Edna as well as the readers. Since the departure of Robert, I am worried for Edna whether Robert would forget her some time later. From this dialogue, the author

  • Foils to Edna in The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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    Foils to Edna in The Awakening by Kate Chopin In The Awakening, Chopin sets up two characters main characters and a subsidiary female character to serve as foils to Edna. The main characters are Adele Ratignolle, "the bygone heroine of romance" (888), and Mademoiselle Reisz, the musician who devoted her life to music, rather than a man. Edna falls somewhere in between the two, but distinctly recoils with disgust from the type of life her friend Adele leads: "In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not

  • Edna as a Metaphorical Lesbian in Chopin’s The Awakening

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    Edna as a Metaphorical Lesbian in Chopin’s The Awakening Elizabeth LeBlanc places The Awakening in an interesting context in her essay “The Metaphorical Lesbian,” as gender criticism must, for Chopin wrote the novel at the end of the 19th century, when homosexuality as an identity emerged culturally, at least in terms of the gay male identity, as proffered by Oscar Wilde across the Atlantic. Lesbianism, too, started to make its debut on the cultural stage, particularly in literature. However

  • Edna, the Anti-Mother-Woman in Chopin’s The Awakening

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    Edna, the Anti-Mother-Woman in Chopin’s The Awakening In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman. The mother- women seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle. It was easy to know them, fluttering about with extended, protecting wings, when any harm, real or imaginary, threatened their precious brood. They were women who idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.