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An Analysis of Setting in The Awakening

The Awakening, By Kate Chopin
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Sydney Reed

on 9 November 2012

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Transcript of An Analysis of Setting in The Awakening

Family Home on Esplanade Street Grand Isle Historical Background Race Course Significance In The Novel Pigeon House Sydney Reed and Natalie Dockhorn Setting In The Awakening The Ocean -Edna swims for the first time while at Grand Isle
-Pages 49 and 50
-Chopin compares her to a "tottering, stumbling, clutching child" (Chopin 49)
-Swimming symbolizes her attempt to defy the norms of society
-The novel ends with Edna swimming at Grand Isle
-Pages 138 and 139
-The ocean symbolizes her freedom and independence Reminds Edna of Home - Home in Kentucky
-Page 92
- Powerful roots
-Page 281 Significance In The Novel Significance In The Novel Significance In The Novel -First place where Edna Pontellier experiences a change in her mindset and begins to question her role in society
-Page 24
-Page 35
-After beginning to question this role, Edna stands up for herself when her husband confronts her
-Pages 53 and 54
-The novel begins and ends on Grand Isle -Mr. Pontellier holds the power in the family home
-The home is full of Mr. Pontellier's possessions, including Edna
-Pages 72 and 73
-Margit Stange describes Edna as a possession on Pages 274 and 275
-Edna does not feel welcome there and becomes unhappy
-Pages 75 and 76
-But, she begins to question her role in the home as well, and regains her confidence -Edna's freedom and individuality
-She is most powerful in this space
-Happiness found in her own space
- Bringing her own items makes Edna feel like herself
- Edna is no longer a possession of her husband
-Self appreciation
- Making decisions for herself
-Pages 102, 108, 112, 117, 131 -"Millionaire's Row"
- Edgar Degas
- French Quarter
- Page 71 -From sugar plantation to elite tourist venue
-Page 25 -Edna goes to the Race Course to surround herself with friends
- Page 96
-Edna's race knowledge and appreciation from others makes her feel special
- Others listen to Edna's opinions and thoughts
- Page 97
- As good as any man Mademoiselle Reisz's Home Historical Background -Edna admires Mademoiselle Reisz, who is an independent woman
-The Pigeon House is similar to the quaint apartment
-Pages 84 and 119
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