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Allusions in The Awakening

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Addie Ferguson

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As the three Sisters of Fate, Lahkesis, Atropos, and Clotho, determined the fates of every mortal, God, and Titan.
Greek Mythology
"Madmoiselle had glided from the Chopin into the quivering lovenotes of Isolde's song, and back again to the Impromptu with its soulful and poignant longing" (Chopin 69)
"Two young girls, the Farival twins, were playing a duet from “Zampa” upon the piano" (Chopin 6) CH1
Zampa seduces then deserts a woman named Alice, who shortly dies after from a broken heart. As Zampa tries to embrace his new wife, a marble statue of Alice drags him to his death in the sea.
Emerson's Works
James Javelosa and Addie Ferguson
Allusions in The Awakening
Thesis Statement
"allusion". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2014. Web. 14 Dec. 2014 <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/16658/allusion>
Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. N.p.: Pennsylvania State U, 2008. Web.
"Demigods & Spirits » Fates (Moirae), the Spinners of the Thread of Life." Fates (Moirae)-the Spinners of the Thread of Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2014.
Shull, Sarah. "Music References in The Awakening." Kate Chopin. Loyola University New Orleans, 08 Jan. 2000. Web. 11 Dec. 2014. <http://www.loyno.edu/~kchopin/Music%20References%20In%20Awake.htm>.
Both Zampa and The Awakening use elements of the sea.
Edna can be compared to Zampa's character as well as Alice.
"Zampa’s drowning foreshadows Edna’s final swim in the Gulf " (Shull).
"Then Edna sat in the library after dinner and read Emerson until she grew sleepy. She realized that she had neglected her reading, and deter- mined to start anew upon a course of improving studies, now that her time was completely her own to do with as she liked" (Chopin 78). CH24
Ralph Waldo Emerson: a transcendentalist writer
have an optimistic view about human potential and express the need to appreciate independence in spirit and action, even when in conflict with mainstream expectations.
Edna focusing on developing her spiritual rather than material state is in keeping with the related transcendentalist philosophy of Emerson.
As Edna learns her own mind and follows her heart, going against her culture's traditions, she is showing the values of transcendentalism.

Chopin uses Greek mythology, Emerson, Chopin, and
allusions in
The Awakening
to foreshadow upcoming events as well as mirror Edna's character.
" all sense of reality had gone out of her life; she had abandoned herself to Fate" (Chopin 109)
Foreshadows Edna's imminent death
Chopin is a renowned Early Romantic composer. His music is characterized by fluidity, soulful melodies, subtle rhythms and impassioned strength. He died of tuberculosis 1849 at 38.
Characterizes Edna's passion and emotion
Foreshadows her death
In literature, an implied or indirect reference to a person, event, or thing or to a part of another text
"Based on the assumption that the information is shared between the author and the reader" (Encyclopædia Britannica ).
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