The Awakening By Kate Chopin: Chapter Analysis

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Part I Reading Journal, ch 1-13- The Awakening- Kate Chopin
Plot- Leonce Pontellier and his wife Edna travel to the Grand Isles for a summer vacation, with their tw children. Edna is very submissive to her husband a first. She is used to this way of thinking and Leonce does not expect anything different. As Leonce goes off on business Edna meets new friends, Adele and Robert. Robert is said to be Edna's king of servant/helper for the summer. Every summer Robert is assigned or chooses a woman to aid to. This summer however things seem to be different. Robert has feelings for Edna that he has not felt with any of his other women. Adele warns Robert that an affair with a married woman would be a bad look on him and he agrees, but does not follow
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The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.
The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.” -Personification, imagery- These lines from Chapter VI describe the beginning of Edna’s process of awakening. Most of the concepts explored in the novel are mentioned in this passage: independence and solitude, self-discovery, intellectual maturation, and sexual desire and fulfillment. With the remark, “How few of us ever emerge from such beginning!” the narrator points out that Edna is unique in her willingness to embark upon her quest for autonomy, fulfillment, and self-discovery.
New Vocabulary-
Creole- Mix of French and Spanish descent, aristocrats
Clad- wearing or provided with clothing gaunt-very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold languor-a relaxed comfortable feeling flank-be located at the sides of something or somebody ail-cause physical suffering to and make sick or indisposed imp-fairies that are somewhat mischievous naivete-lack of sophistication or

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