The Awakening Dialectic Journal - Aalayah-Ann Keys Lesson 2.4 The Awakening(Ch 7-10 Chapter 7 Quotes Quote 1 Even as a child she had lived her own small

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Aalayah-Ann KeysLesson 2.4The Awakening (Ch 7-10)Chapter 7 Quotes:Quote 1:“Even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life—that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions”.Analysis:This is practically describing two Ednas; one within her, and the other being her outer appearance. The two don’t correlate only because her outward existence complies to social expectations as her inner self questions these actions.Quote 2: “She was fond of her children in an uneven, impulsive way. She would sometimes gather them passionately to her heart; she would sometimes forget them… She did not miss them except with an occasional intense longing. Their absence was a sort of relief […] It seemed to free her of a responsibility which she had blindly assumed…” Analysis: This strongly displays Edna’s family and her feelings toward her children; though Edna’s son did not play a large role throughout, Edna has always been iffy about her feelings and questions whether she is truly a good mother or not. Chapter 8 Quotes: Quote 1: “”Oh, enough, Robert!" she broke into his heated outburst. "You are not thinking of what you are saying. You speak with about as little reflection as we might expect from one of those children […] you would be unfit to associate with the wives and daughters of the people who trust you." Analysis: Adele tells Robert that he should stop his feelings and pursuit towards Edna for it can create a bad reputation. This shows how people have always cared about their reputation and image in others’ eyes. Quote 2:“"She is not one of us; she is not like us. She might make the Unfortunate blunder of taking you seriously." Analysis: This is a major theme, portrayed as identity. Adele views Edna as solemn and presumes Edna takes male attention too seriously, as Edna is still a traditional woman at this point. Chapter 9 Quotes:Quote 1: “…But she was mistaken about "those others." Her playing had aroused a fever of enthusiasm. "What passion!" "What an artist!" "I have always said no one could play Chopin like Mademoiselle Reisz!" "That last prelude! Bon Dieu! It shakes a man!”
Aalayah-Ann KeysLesson 2.4The Awakening (Ch 7-10)Analysis: Mademoiselle Reisz and Edna truly connect because Edna recognizes the true music in Reisz’s work, thus Reisz considers Edna her only audience member. Quote 2: “Edna was what she herself called very fond of music… She sometimes liked to sit in the room of mornings when Madame Ratignolle played or practiced…The very first chords which Mademoiselle Reisz struck upon the piano sent a keen tremor down Mrs. Pontellier's spinal column…Perhaps it was the first time she was ready, perhaps the first time her being was tempered to take an impress of the abiding truth…” Analysis: Edna goes on an emotional journey that allows her to discover her true passion and dreams, only through listening to Mademoiselle Reisz’s music.

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