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Period 3 January 12, 2007 Cluster for Fishbowl Essential Question: According to Wolkenfeld, did the ending of “The Awakening” prove Edna to be a  realist or a Romantic? Follow-up Interpretive Questions: When Wolkenfeld writes, “[Chopin’s] realism is inherent in her refusal to endorse  the sentimentality of a fairy-tale resolution or the feminist fatalism of presenting  Edna as the victim of an oppressive society” (246), does she mean that the  novel’s ending was satisfactory and distinguishes the author as a realist because  Chopin did not try to blame someone for oppressing women, as a romantic  might, but instead took the argument to a realist, philosophical level? If so, would  Chopin classify Edna’s suicide as realist because of her motives? When Wolkenfeld writes, “But ultimately Chopin places Edna’s suicide as a  defeat and a regression, rooted in a self-annihilating instinct, in a romantic 
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This note was uploaded on 08/20/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Bielajew during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.

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