The Awakening Annotations.docx - Chapter 2 \u201cThey were a yellowish brown about the color of her hair\u201d Color symbolism \u2013 The color yellow is usually

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Chapter 2 “They were a yellowish brown, about the color of her hair” - Color symbolism – The color yellow is usually associated with happiness and sunshine while the color brown is usually associated with earth, wood, and nature. The fact that both colors is associated warmth and peace hints that just like the colors, Mrs. Pontellier’s eyes also bring warmth into people and “holding them there as if lost in some inward maze of contemplation or thought. “She was rather handsome than beautiful. Her face was captivating by reason of a certain frankness of expression and a contradictory subtle play of features.” – Gender/Diction – As the novel took place in the 1800s, Chopin’s use of such a masculine term like “handsome” instead of a more feminine term like “beautiful” illustrates the feminist aspect of the novel and reveals early feminism as a whole. “Robert talked a good deal about himself. He was very young and did not know any better. Mrs. Pontellier talked a little about herself for the same reason.” - Love/Setting– During this time, courtly love allowed women to convey their emotions without breaking the social standards or responsibilities expected of them by society. Therefore, Chopin suggests that Mrs. Pontellier is rather cautious as she is a married woman with children who is surrounded by such social norms. “She was an American woman, with a small infusion of French which seemed to have been lost in dilution.” – Foreshadowing – Mrs. Pontellier does not act like the other Creole women. On top of that, the fact that Chopin creates Mrs. Pontellier in a way that Mrs. Pontellier is a foreigner as she is the only person who’s not of Creole descent foreshadows Mrs. Pontellier feeling distant from everyone as she comes to her “awakening” and would eventually commit suicide to relieve herself. “Mrs. Pontellier reached over for a palm-leaf fan that lay on the porch and began to fan herself, while Robert sent between his lips light puffs from his cigarette.”- Irony–Palm leave portrays victory with integrity and cigarettes signifies adulthood. Therefore, Mrs. Pontellier using the palm-leaf fan and Robert using the cigarette is ironic as Mrs.

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