The Awakening Chapter I 1. Explain the significance of the parrot and the mockingbird at the beginning of this chapter. 2. Why would Chopin have thought it important to include this detail in her brief mention of the children’s nurse? 3. Why would Pontellier consider his suntanned wife to be a “damaged piece of property”? 4. Who is Robert Lebrun? 5. What is his relationship with Edna? Chapter II 1. Describe Edna Pontellier. 2. What kind of person is Robert Lebrun? 3. What shift in point of view is evident in Chapter Two? 4. What do you learn about Robert and Edna from their conversation at the end of this chapter? Chapter III 1. How does Léonce’s behavior when he returns from the Klein Hotel reveal his attitude toward his wife? 2. What is the first sign that Edna is not completely happy with her life as it is? 3. Discuss how sounds are used as a backdrop to the scene of disagreement between Léonce and Edna. 4. How do the gifts Edna receives from her husband symbolize her marriage and most marriages of this time? Chapter IV 1. Describe the unusual nature of the relationship between Edna and her children. 2. What is Chopin implying by this description: “They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.” 3. Who is Adéle Ratignolle, and how is she the embodiment of the “mother-woman”?