The Awakening Close Reading Discussion Questions
Always reference page numbers as part of evidence for responses. Always add new vocabulary to your notes to expand your diction.
Chapters 1 through 5 • What observations can be made from the cover? What might be meant by “The Awakening”?
• What does the introductory paragraph/page introduce? Why? • Are there any symbols? • Character descriptions (What kind of husband/father is Mr. Pontellier? Mother/wife is Mrs. Pontellier? How is Mrs. Ratignolle described? Robert Lebrun?)
• What is the setting (time and place)? How does it factor into the interactions of the characters? • Page 18, why is Edna crying. Find the best word from the text to describe what …show more content…
Chapters 21 through 25 • On page 89, Mlle Reisz in saying “Courageous, ma foi! The brave soul. The soul that dares and defies.” What is the author’s purpose of having her in the story?
• On page 89, “The shadows deepened in the little room. The music grew strange and fantastic—turbulent, insistent, plaintive and soft with entreaty. The shadows grew deeper. The music filled the room.” What are the shadows and music referencing besides themselves…what is happening?
• On page 89, “Come whenever you feel like it. Be careful; the stairs and landings are dark; don’t stumble.” How might this be interpreted?
• Explain why Mr. Pontellier goes to see Doctor Mandelet. What is the doctor’s advice? What does the doctor not say?
• At the end of page 92, what is ironic?
• In chapter 23 what does Adele Ratignolle see as the problem with the Pontelliers?
• Find the passage in chapter 23 that explains Edna’s personality shift.
• What was said by Edna that confirmed the doctor’s suspicion?
• How did the Colonel “coerce his own wife into her grave”?
• Where are the children?
• On page 104 find 2 different passages to support what entices Alcee Arobin to Edna?
• On page 107, it says, “He cast one appealing glance at her, to which she made no response. Alcee Arobin’s manner was so genuine that it often deceived even himself.” What is meant by this passage?
Chapters 26 through 31 • Describe
Compared to Adele Ratignolle, who is the “mother-woman” in the story, fully devoted to her children and worships her husband. Mrs. Pontellier does not fulfill that role of “mother-woman”, she allows a quadroon nurse take care of her children and shows little interest in her husband’s affairs. She also does not fulfill the role of ”artist” such as, Mademoiselle Reisz. Who is not married or have children but devoted her life to being a pianist. The sea is the catalyst that begins the change within Edna to discover her own identity and empowering her to fulfill selfish desires.
As the light shines through the dusty window, the light shows of good things coming but the dust blocking it shining all the way through, shows the challenges that may come with the good.As the author explains the cabin , George and Lennie are getting introduced to the new ranch and all the people there. In chapter 2, 2nd paragraph it says, “ At about ten O’clock in the morning the sun threw a bright dust-laden bar ….”. The quote joins the fact that the good is coming but there may be challenges along the way. The sun represents good in literature and dust in literature represents lifelessness or oldness. In chapter one, at the very begining of the book, the author is describing what lennie and George are seeing as they are walking away from their old town. It says, “ The golden foothill slopes curve up.” This piece of text shows a new begining. The light image here depicts a safe place for the men. In the beginging of chapter 4, the author is talking about crooks room, when Lennie is talking to Crook. It says, “in the stable bucks
Edna becomes familiar with the idea that she needs to do something about herself so that she doesn’t continue her colorless, stereotypical life; she has to drift away from her regular routine and disenthrall.
7. The setting is used as a reflection of the woman's inner emotions. The sun shines and birds sing with no sign of gloom because she is not actually mourning as she thinks to herself. The lack of sorrow from the woman cause the setting to seem even more lovely to her as she realizes she is feeling joy. The details used by the writer portray a sense of well being and positivity. The woman reaches out towards the window as if her joy is tangible, this is a vey important
S: She has gained the power to read minds and Luke lets her read his mind but they need to go to a cemetery to be safe from faeries. E: The author uses imagery and personification to force the reader to better understand the setting that the characters are in. E: She begins by writing that the “air glowed and moved” which means that it was bright or white and moved around them. Air doesn’t normally fit this description so it was mist.
The novels begins with a doubtful case, which the first sentence has already given readers sense of foreboding: “Small trees had attacked my parents’ house at the foundation…. They had grown into the unseen wall and it was difficult to pry them loose.” (Pg.1) These silent "uninvited guest" disturbed the quiet weekend afternoon, it also seems to foreshadow that the quiet life of a happy family is about to be broken.
In lines 8, 9, and 15, the girl repeats the word die which symbolizes the girl’s anxiety and fears about life. However the poet’s word choice symbolizes the emotional aspects of the speaker. The final lines of each stanza “and momma’s in the bedroom/with the door closed” (line 10, 11and line 32, 33) is repetition and symbolism. These lines symbolize the teens’ feelings of neglect, abandonment, vulnerability. A bedroom is usually a place for resting, but the detail that the mom is always inside with the door closed could symbolize absence or death. These lines also symbolize the girls’ desire of guidance from her mother and hope that her mother will come to her rescue. The lack of her mothers’ guidance causes the girl to struggle in society. These lines also stress the importance of the role parents have in adolescents
At grand isle Mrs. Pontellier meets a man named Robert Leburn whom she falls in love with. They end up proclaiming their love in the novel, but then as their romance grows it falls apart. Robert Leburn
As a result, Edna holding on to her individuality in the midst of suffering all the way to her death invokes a sense of pity from the readers and that society is oblivious to Edna’s
To all the other ladies, it seems that all a husband really must do is provide for the family; when Mr. Pontellier takes it upon himself to spoil Edna with material possessions, that automatically made him the best husband. This is almost as if a husband wasn’t expected to do something like that for their wife whom they are supposed to love and
Mrs. Ratignolle requests that Robert stop following Mrs. Pontellier around, saying that his admiration may be misunderstood and that the other woman may not understand the love-game he is playing. Robert is offended and hassles to be taken seriously, but soon changes the talk by chatting about Alcée Arobin. When they arrive at the Ratignolle house, Robert apologizes for his eruption and clarifies that he should be the one warned about not taking his own actions seriously. After volunteering to make Madame Ratignolle some bouillon, Robert looks at the people on the beach. He witnesses two lovers and goes to visit his mother, who is sewing. He asks where Mrs. Pontellier is and, at his mother's bidding, tries to call out the window to his younger
"He had not forgiven Anne Elliot. She had used him ill, deserted and disappointed him She had given him up to oblige others. It had been the effect of over-persuasion His bright proud eye spoke the happy conviction that he was nice; and Anne Elliot was not out of his thoughts, when he more than seriously described the woman he wished to meet with. 'A strong mind, with sweetness of manner', made the first and last of the description".
The atmosphere of this exposition is clearly foreboding: "the dark clouds, broken chimneys, unused street, solitary cat, and dead air" all prove ominous and reflect the sordid ruling mood. Failed culture and solitary of aimless women ("a cat moved itself in and out of railing") not knowing exactly what to do about their predicaments in which
“That oppresses, like the Heft of Cathedral Tunes--.” It has a very heavy feeling derived from the word Heft as well as Cathedral Tunes. The Cathedral is considered sacred yet it is such as somber sound that it could easily affect a person’s mood. The use of paradoxes in the poem creates a sense of confusion about the true feelings about the revelation. “Heavenly Hurt” is both wonderful and horrible and suggests that the pain comes from the heavens. This suggestion is support in various situations throughout the poem. “Cathedral Tunes” and “Sent us of the Air” are the prime examples. It shows that this new realization may have been from a divine being therefore the reader is confused on it’s significance because it perhaps a type of gift. “Landscapes Listen Shadows—hold their breathe” is the personification used in the poem. This personification in the work shows that a divine being has arranged for this revelation to occur therefore, all of nature will halt to the being who has been selected to find this new piece of themselves. She also uses a bit of irony as well as parallel structure to set the scene in the poem. The revelation is brought out in the light of an wintery afternoon, this is the parallel yet it oppressive and dark which is ironic because the light brought with it such darkness.