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Allusions in The Awakening
Transcript of Allusions in The Awakening
Allusion - a literary device used to indirectly reference another piece of literature, history, song, etc.
The Last Supper
The Garden of Eden
"A bird with a broken wing was beating the air above, reeling, fluttering, circling disabled down, down to the water." (Chopin 108)
Allusion to Icarus
- Flies too close to the sun
- Drowns in the sea
"But that night she was like the little tottering, stumbling, clutching child, who of a sudden realizes its pows, and walks for the first time alone, boldly and with over-confidence. She could have shouted for joy. She did shout for joy, as with a sweeping stroke or two she lifted her body to the surface of the water." (Chopin 27)
Alludes to Baptism
- A realization of a power
- A sort of rebirth and new beginning for Edna
"She had counted upon a dozen..." (Chopin 82)
"Edna spoke of the dinner as a grand affair..." (Chopin 82)
Alludes to Christ's Last Supper Before He was Crucified
"You have slept precisely one hundred years. I was left here to guard your slumbers; and for one hundred years I have been out under the shed reading a book." (Chopin 37)
Alludes to Sleeping Beauty
"Gradually and imperceptibly the interlude melted into the soft opening minor chords of the Chopin Impromptu." (Chopin 61)
By: Keegan McFarland and Taylor Shuford
Alludes to the author herself and famous composer, Frederick Chopin (see bottom of the page for refence)
Minor Chords = Lugubrious Tone
"...did not break except upon the beach in little foamy crests that coiled back like slow, white serpents." (Chopin 27)
"The foamy wavelets curled up to her white feet, and coiled like serpents about her ankles." (Chopin 109)
"The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace." (Chopin 109)
Edna dreams of nature throughout the novel through memories or fantasies
The sea is her serpent seducing her into taking the forbidden fruit.
The Birth of Aphrodite
- Edna walks out of the foam
- Another interpretation of the baptism quote
But wait...there's more!
- Like most fairy tale princesses, Edna feels isolated, like no one can hear her voice.
- She is waiting for her prince (aka Robert) to save her.