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Allusion in The Awakening

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Marcus Marcus

on 3 February 2014

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Transcript of Allusion in The Awakening

Biblical Allusion
The foamy wavelets curled up to her white feet, and coiled like serpents about her ankles. She walked out. The water was chill, but she walked on. The water was deep, but she lifted her white body and reached out with a long, sweeping stroke. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace. (Chopin, 87)

All her beautiful hair . . . drawn back and plaited. It lay in a long braid on the sofa pillow coiled like a golden serpent. (Chopin, 121)

Chopin uses allusion in The Awakening to show how the characters behave and are affected by their surroundings and other elements.
Allusion to Music
Mademoiselle Reisz plays a piece by pianist Frederic Chopin
Kate Chopin alludes to herself as a great author
Her playing had aroused a fever of enthusiasm. "What passion!" "What an artist!" "I have always said no one could play Chopin like Mademoiselle Reisz!" "That last prelude! Bon Dieu! It shakes a man!" (Chopin, 41).

The author, however, besides being an avid listener of music, was a pianist, and her explicit allusions to Frederic Chopin. (Camastra, 2008)

Allusion to Mythology
Allusion to the Greek myth of Philomela, where Procne has to serve Itylus (Son of Philomela) to Teresus. (Platizky, 1995)
Philomela is raped by Tereus but she can’t tell anyone
Similarly, Edna was raised to never voice her thoughts and emotions
"And if you can stand Philomel's cooking," (Chopin, 170)

Allusion to Birds

“A bird with a broken wing was beating the air above, reeling, fluttering, circling disabled down, down to the water. (Chopin, 172).

“When Tereus discovers their plot, he tries to kill them, but they are all transformed into birds by the gods before this can happen. In The Awakening, which begins with references to two very different kinds of birds -- a parrot and a mockingbird” (Platizky, 1995)
Scholarly Articles
Platizky, R. (1995). Chopin's The Awakening. Explicator, 53(2), 99.
Alludes to Greek myth Philomela

Camastra, N. (2008). Venerable sonority in kate chopin's "the awakening". American Literary Realism, 40(2), 154-166. doi:10.1353/alr.2008.0003
Alludes to pianist Frederic Chopin

Xianfeng Mou. (2011). Kate chopin's narrative techniques and separate space in the awakening. The Southern Literary Journal, 44(1), 103-120. doi:10.1353/slj.2011.0013
Narrative techniques and Edna’s “awakening”

Allusion in The Awakening
By: Marcus Avendano, Alanna Hart, Girdhar Kareer
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