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The Awakening Critical Analysis Guide Instructions : This guide will narrow your focused analysis of The Awakening , targeting an analysis of the function and effect of narrator, character, and figurative language. Follow the instructions for each as given below and remember to provide ample commentary for each of your chosen quotations. Narrator's Point of View Choose three quotations from different parts of the book which demonstrate the three different types of narration found in The Awakening : Internal thoughts Descriptions of behavior Brief insights into both An example from the lesson has been completed for you. Chapter Quotation Commentary Chapter XXXIX “How Mademoiselle Reisz would have laughed, perhaps sneered, if she knew! "And you call yourself an artist! What pretensions, Madame! The artist must possess the courageous soul that dares and defies."” This is the last thought we get for Edna before she commits suicide. It’s a powerful scene that reveals a lot abut Edna. While she went on a long journey to rebel from gender roles and ideals, this quote reveals that Edna’s last thoughts revolved around what someone else though of her. This poses the question: did Edna truly make progress before her death, or did she just try to convince herself that she did? Ultimately, where she stood is up to readers to interpret. Chapter XI “She perceived that her will had blazed up, stubborn and resistant. She could not at that moment have done other than denied and resisted. She wondered if her husband had ever spoken to her like that before, and if she had submitted to his command. This quote comes from the narrator after Edna returns from her first swim and is thinking about refusing her husband’s demands. This marks the development for Edna, as this is the first time Edna had ignored Leonce’s wishes. From this point forward, Edna begins to
Of course she had; she remembered that she had. But she could not realize why or how she should have yielded, feeling as she then did.” change and mature, no longer living by the rules of her husband. This emphasizes her distance from her former self and her ability to leave her past habits behind. Chapter XXXVI “I suppose this is what you would call unwomanly; but I have got into a habit of expressing myself. It doesn’t matter to me, and you may think me unwomanly if you like.” This quote acts as insight on Edna. When she reunites with Robert, she makes Robert uncomfortable when she asks why he ignored her as if she didn’t exist.

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