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The Motikening In Kate Pontellier's The Awakening

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“With a writhing moment she settled herself more securely in the hammock. She perceived that her will had blazed up, stubborn and resilient. She could not at that moment have done other than denied and resisted. She wondered if her husband had ever spoken to her like that before, and if she had submitted herself to his command. Of course she had; she remembered that she had. But she could not realize why or how she could have yielded, feeling as she then did.” Page 31, speaker is third person narrator. Edna is lying in the hammock very late at night refusing to come inside at her husband’s wishes. This is the first time in the book that Edna directly defies what her husband is asking of her. Even though it is something as small as being asked to get up from the hammock and come inside, Edna sees it as a huge breakthrough for herself, and enjoys the feeling of not obeying. This passage shows how unfair and unequal Mr. and Mrs. Pontellier's’ marriage really is. Mr. Pontellier is able to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, while Edna has to do what her husband wants, at all times.

“Only Beaudelet remained behind, tinkering at his boat, and Mariequita walked away with her basket of shrimps, casting a look of childish ill-humor and reproach at Robert from the corner of her eye.” Page 35, speaker is third person narrator. Robert and Edna hang out with Mariequita on the boat, and talk. Mariequita knows Robert from when they were younger, and notices that Robert is in
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