This purely expository chapter clearly foreshadows Edna

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Unformatted text preview: This purely expository chapter clearly foreshadows Edna's death and establishes its cause as the process of self-discovery which she has just begun, a process facilitated by her contact with the warm Gulf waters. She is starting to understand the limitations of and feel constrained by the expectations of her culture. This chapter establishes Edna's relationship to the sea and its role as a catalyst in her awakening to herself, her needs, and her desires. Edna is beginning to see a "certain light . . . the light which, showing the way, forbids it." While in the previous chapter she resented Robert's head on her arm, the resentment may have sprung from the recognition that she could not respond in kind, not free to explore the parameters of passion that Robert affects passion that her husband doesn't pretend to possess. The sea, where she swims with Robert, appeals to and awakens her innate sensuality. The possess....
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