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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

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