SOCRATICSEMINAR_The Awakening - Jasdev Singh Period 2 Cameron AP Language Composition October 2008 The Awakening AP Socratic Seminar Questions 1 Local

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Jasdev SinghPeriod 2 – CameronAP Language & CompositionOctober 2008The Awakening: AP Socratic Seminar Questions:1.“Local Color” is clearly identified through the abundant usage of colloquial diction.1.1. Additionally, patriarchal society is displayed through classic “Victorian” stereotypes like that of Edna’s foil Adele which brings across a sense of submissiveness.1.2. This contributes to her development because it is essentially the restriction embedded upon her desire for independence and self-fulfillment.1.3. Her view towards domestic responsibilities is evident through her statement regarding Adele: “Madame Ratignolle—a pity for that colorless existence which…never have the taste of life’s delirium” (258).1.4. Further references to the idea of ‘tradition’; “’the bird that would soar above the level of plain tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It’s a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth’” (300).2.Edna marries Leonce out of religious differences present among themselves in order to defy the wishes of her parents that she marries within her own culture.2.1. On the other hand, despite Leonce being a wealthy New Orleans businessman and loving his wife and sons very dearly, he often made the mistake of spending little time with them when conducting business or attending to clubs and/or friends.2.2. Incidents that portray incompatibility include Leonce’s visit to Doctor Mandelet and his subsequent statements: “She’s making it devilishly uncomfortable for me” and Mandelet’s question as to whether there “Is there any man in the case”. (272, 275).2.3. Contrasts to other couple are evident, such as that of Adele and her husband; “The Ratignolles understood each other perfectly. If ever the fusion of two human beings into one has been accomplished on this sphere it was surely in their union” (257).3.Mlle. Reisz and Mme. Ratignolle function in relation to Edna like that of black and white on the eyes.1
Jasdev SinghPeriod 2 – CameronAP Language & CompositionOctober 20083.1. Through the fact Mlle. Reisz is unmarried and childless, and she devotes her life to her passion, she essentially serves as a sort of muse for Edna. Furthermore, she represents the idea freedom and independence in addition to being her confidante with regard to her love towards Robert.3.2. Mme. Ratignolle on the other hand, contrasts Edna in the fact that her personality and overall position towards her husband represent that of a typical Creole woman in that she fits the gender norm.3.3. However, both women seems to advise Edna on various issue throughout the novel; for example Mlle. Reisz tells Edna that “To be an artist includes much; one must posses many gifts—absolute gifts—which have not been acquired by one’s own effort” (269). Similarly, Mme. Ratignolle warns Edna about her actions through the following assertion, “In some way you seem like a child…you seem to act without a certain amount of reflection which is necessary in this life” (320).

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