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The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Transcript of The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The French Quarter
Late 19th century (1899)
3rd person omniscient: a method of storytelling in which the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all of the characters in the story
"Mr. Pontellier, unable to read his newspaper with any degree of comfort, arose with an expression and an exclamation of disgust." (pg. 5)
"The past was nothing to her; offered no lesson which she was willing to heed. The future was a mystery which she never attempted to penetrate. The present alone was significant; was hers, to torture her as it was doing then with the biting conviction that she had lost that which she had held, that she had been denied that which her impassioned, newly awakened being demanded." (pg. 75-76)
"The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude." (pg. 189)
“The city atmosphere certainly has improved her. Some way she doesn't seem like the same woman.” (pg. 102)
"He stopped before the door of his own cottage, which was the fourth one from the main building and next to the last. Seating himself in a wicker rocker which was there, he once more applied himself to the task of reading the newspaper. The day was Sunday; the paper was a day old. The Sunday papers had not yet reached the Grand Isle." (pg. 5)
Setting and Point of View
Point of View
"He could see plainly that she was not herself. That is, he could not see that she was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world." (pg. 96)
"'Has she,' asked the Doctor, with a smile, 'has she been associating of late with a circle of pseudointellectual women-superspiritual superior beings?" (pg. 109)
"As Edna walked along the street she was thinking of Robert. She was still under the spell of her infatuation. She had tried to forget him, realizing the inutility of remembering. But the thought of him was like an obsession, ever pressing itself upon her." (pg. 90)
"The Pontelliers possessed a very charming home on Esplanade Street in New Orleans. It was a large, double cottage, with a broad front veranda, whose round, fluted columns supported the sloping roof. The house was painted a dazzling white; the outside shutters, or jalousies, were green. In the yard, which was kept scrupulously neat, were flowers and plants of every description which flourishes in South Louisiana." (pg. 83)
"The softest carpets and rugs covered the floors; rich and tasteful draperies hung at doors and windows. There were paintings, selected with judgment and discrimination, upon the walls. " (pg. 83)