The Awakening Annotations - TheAwakening byKateChopin Annotations Notes GrandIsleisbig,long, Page1 1.birds:majorsymbolinnovel 2.,goaway!thatsodd 3. 4.Mr.

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Unformatted text preview: The Awakening​ by Kate Chopin Annotations Notes Grand Isle is big, long, skinny island and isn’t far from New Orleans Page 1 1. birds: major symbol in novel 2. starting with a bird in a cage yelling, “go away!” ← that’s odd 3. there’s 2 caged birds hanging outside on the porch 4. Mr. Pontellier leaves bc he’s annoyed ← this means something 5. there’s 5 cottages 6. reading Saturday’s paper on Sunday 7. takes a day to get from New Orleans to Grand Isle 8. Mr. Pontellier’s appearance is described: 40 yrs old, average­looking Page 2 1. he’s not far from birds 2. piano ← important symbol 3. his sons are 4 and 5 4. it’s too loud and Madame Lebrun is yelling unnecessarily from in and out 5. we can prove that Mr. Pontellier is annoyed 6. Madame Lebrun’s appearance is described 7. telling her “beads” → rosary 8. wearing black = widow? 9. “hear mass” → church 10. “finally lit a cigar” ← why “finally?” 11. “white sunshade” = umbrella 12. Robert Lebrun = Madame Lebrun’s son 13. it’s really hot in Louisiana 14. “bathe” “plunge” → water, swimming terms 15. water and swimming are some major symbols in novel 16. “looking at his wife...some damage” = simile 17. man looks at wife as if she was a piece of luggage/possession 18. Mr. and Mrs. Pontellier know each other well 19. Robert is the courtly love guy Page 3 1. Edna and Rob still giggle about whatever they were discussing about or happened earlier; one of those “you had to be there stories” 2. Mr. Pontellier unconcerned about Rob and Edna 3. she doesn’t have to say anything 4. he doesn’t look back but she understands 5. “good­by” → not “goodbye” 6. his sons Raoul and Etienne want to come with their father but he says no 7. Rob and Mr. Pontellier are friends 8. colors of her facial features → artistic descriptions 9. Edna and Rob are attractive 10. Rob’s looks contradicts his actions → smoking cigs 11. he can’t afford cigars so smokes cigarettes 12. finds a cigar in pocket from Mr. Pontellier ← friends Page 4 1. “​ shadow​ of care,” “​ ...of the summer day” light​ 2. “lips light,” “amusing adventure” → alliteration 3. “its entertaining aspect; about the wind, the trees” ← nature 4. wind = coolness, openness 5. Chopin includes a lot of depictions of nature 6. Farival twins = major symbol 7. “The Poet and the Peasant” (by ​ Franz von Suppé) → allusion; → song = music → major symbol in novel Page 5 1. children fond of Rob 2. “He thought it was discouraging...so little his conversation” → theme of a wife’s impatience and frustration with marriage 3. he forgot about bonbons and peanuts even though he loves his boys very much 4. “her inattention, her habitual neglect of the children” → themes of dilemma of an individual’s conflicting responsibilities to others and herself & rejection of the traditional roles of women Page 6 1. “peignoir” = woman’s dressing gown 2. “blowing out the candle, which her husband had left burning” → candle = light = brightness and hope 3. “voice of the sea” 4. “It broke like a mournful lullaby upon the night.” → simile 5. tacit = understood without being openly expressed 6. “It was like a shadow, like a mist passing across her soul’s summer day.” ← simile 7. light and dark imagery Page 7 1. money gives her more happiness than her husband does 2, “​ handsome​ wedding present” LOLL 3. “friandises” = a variety of small sweets, preserved fruits, etc (French) 4. “pâtés” = small pastries filled with meat or fish (French) 5. “dainty and discriminating fingers” → alliteration Page 8 1. “since it seemed to be a law of society that hair must be parted and brushed” ← imaginary societal rules 2. “Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother­woman.” ← theme of rejection of the traditional roles of women 3. describes Adele Ratignolle: “flaming and apparent”; flame = fire = powerful 4. “blue eyes that were like nothing but sapphires” → simile; blue = friendly, mysterious; sapphires = gemstones = minerals = sharp 5. red = evil, fire 6. “one could only think of cherries” → fruit; makes one wants to eat/kiss them 7. “white neck;” white = light/clean/pure 8. “only two small eyes might look out from the garment, like an Eskimo’s” ← simile 9. “unamiable and uninterested” ← alliteration Page 9 1. “accouchements” = Parturitions → childbirth 2. “secret and solitude” ← alliteration Page 10 1. “He had lived in her shadow” shadow = darkness = oblivion, unknown 2. dame = married; damsel = unmarried 3. “a widow” 4. “lived in the sun​ ” light​ 5. “like a troublesome cat,” “like an adoring dog” 6. repetition of the word, “adore” Page 11 1. “the right hand jealous” “the heart jealous” ← personification 2. repetition of the word, “jealous” 3. “​ sleepless​ nights;” sleep = major symbol 4. “daily ​ plunge​ ” → water/swimming term Page 12 1. “​ was ​ in the west;” sun = light, hope; low = dark; bad sun​ low​ 2. “breeze soft;” soft winds = loneliness; loneliness = major theme 3. depictions of nature 4. “seductive odor” 5. “white skirts;” white = light/clean/pure Page 13 1. “breeze was soft and warm” warm = light heat = passion = fire 2. “A certain light was beginning to dawn dimly within her, ­­ the light which, showing the way, forbids it.” → foreshadows that she she’s starting to see things differently; will ​ awaken​ her and make her see things in different manner 3. “realize,” “recognize” → awakening 4. “the voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander…” → personification 5. “the voice of the sea speaks to the soul...close embrace” → personification 6. “the voice of the sea” → repetition 7. “Mrs. Pontellier was not a woman given to her confidences...herself” 8. “At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life­­that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions.” ← theme of dilemma of conflicting responsibilities/search for freedom/search for identity Page 14 1. Adele Ratignolle contrasts Edna Pontellier 2. muslin = a cotton fabric made in various degrees of fineness and often printed, woven, or embroidered in patterns, esp. a cotton fabric of plain weave, used for sheets and for a variety of other purposes 3. “pure white” Page 15 1. “exchange remarks about the heat, the sun, the glare.” 2. “there was a breeze blowing, a choppy, stiff that whipped the ​ wind​ water​ into froth” 3. water = major symbol 4. strong wind = unrest; water = life, purity 5. “The lady in black” = symbol 6. “Two young lovers” = symbol 7. lateen = pertaining to or having a lateen sail or sails Page 16 1. “She threw her arms out as if swimming” 2. Edna: “I was a little unthinking child in those days, just following a misleading impulse without question.” ← theme of consequences of acting on one’s nature and impulses 3. “unthinking and unguided” Page 17 1. effusive = unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve 2. “traversed the ocean of waving grass” Page 18 1. “Her marriage to Léonce Pontellier was an accident” 2. “She was fond of her children in an uneven, impulsive way” 3. “It seemed to free her of a responsibility…” 4. “faces turned to the sea” Page 19 1. “taste of candor” 2. “It muddled her like wine, or like a first breath of freedom” Page 20 1. “light smile” 2. “earthly possibility” Page 21 1. “white arm” 2. “The lovers were just entering…” ← symbol 3. “leaning toward each other as the ​ water­oaks​ bent from the ​ ” → simile; symbols = water sea​ 4. “The lady in black” → symbol Page 22 1. “Madame Lebrun flew to the window” 2. “with a temper which invited violence and a will which no ax could break” 3. “clatter, clatter!” → onomatopoeia 4. Goncourt = French critic; French art critics, novelists, and historians Page 23 1. “Music, dancing” 2. Farival twins → Virgin 3. piano 4. “Zampa” 5. “The Poet and the Peasant” 6. Fate 7. parrot → bird = major symbol Page 24 1. “apprehension,” “apprehension” 2. “artificially crimped, stood out like fluffy black plumes over her head” → simile 3. “poses were full of ​ grace” → ​ just like Adele Ratignolle 4. “She was keeping up her music on account of the children, she said; because she and her husband both considered it a means of brightening the home and making it attractive” 5. “Almost everyone danced but the twins” ...
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