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"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

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Jamesha Taylor

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Transcript of "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

Verbal Irony
"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin
Quote #1
"The bird that would soar above the level of plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth."
The bird symbolizes Edna, trying to be free from the situation that she's involved in.
A bird usually represents freedom and confidence.
"...the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings" Pg. 112 This quote explains Edna as a risk-taker and a bold person.
"...It's is sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth." Pg.112
Quote #2
"As Edna waited for her husband she sang low a little song that Robert had sung as they crossed the bay. It began with "Ah! si tu savais", and every verse ended with "si tu savais." Robert's voice was not pretentious. It was musical and true. The voice, the notes, the whole refrain haunted her memory."
Quote #3
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Jamesha Taylor.
- "The Awakening" p. 112
"A bird with a broken wing was beating the air above, reeling, fluttering, circling disabled down, down to the water."
-"The Awakening" Chapter 39 p. 156
Analysis for Quote #3
Symbolism for #1

Situational Irony for #1
Theme for #1
The theme of finding your own self-worth & happiness is the main message for "The Awakening", Mademoiselle Reiz wants Edna to remember to be strong like a soaring bird, if she ever wants to be happy. Chopin uses this to enhance the inspiring message seen throughout the book;
"If you want something you never had, you have to do things you have never done."
Analysis for Quote #1
Analysis for Quote #2
Symbolism for Quote #2
Theme for Quote #2
Situational Irony for Quote #2
Symbolism for Quote #3
Situational Irony for Quote #3
Theme for Quote #3
-The Awakening p. 154
This quote, like the first showcases the theme very well. Edna fails to defy society so she faces rejection, because she is is not being strong. Adding on to Chopin's purpose behind the writing, in order to be happy you have to be strong.
"Self Worth is A BELIEF that you are worthy."
This quote exemplifies Edna's current life. "Haunted her memory", shows that she is still struggling with who she is. Enhancing the theme of happiness and self-worthiness, and how she needs to be strong. Chopin adds this to show Edna's triumph on her quest to find her happiness.
Edna makes changes to who she is to become a strong and happy person,but towards the end, she is described as a weak bird. Although she came to a realization of who she is, she is still not satisfied because the society will still not accept her.
Robert had just left the house and she is already missing him. It is unexpected for her to fall for this man and miss him this quickly because when her husband leaves, she seems to not care as much.
Edna is striving to become a better person and Mademoiselle Reiz wants her to be like a strong soaring bird, despite the negative aspects. Ironically, the different ways she tries to change to become more independent and free causes her to be weaker than before.
"Si tu savais" means "if you knew"
The song "si tu savais" is about a person who adores someone and is deeply in love.
This quote symbolizes love.
Bird= Edna
This quote symbolizes Edna not achieving her goals. Edna continuously have thoughts about Robert, and is unsuccessful erasing him from her memory.
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