The Awakening_Notes - 1 Analysis of Protagonist Edna Pontellier Three Characteristics A Stubborn\/Determined(Edna Pontellier I mean to stay out here I

The Awakening_Notes - 1 Analysis of Protagonist Edna...

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1. Analysis of Protagonist: Edna Pontellier Three Characteristics:A. Stubborn/Determined(Edna Pontellier) “I mean to stay out here. I don’t wish to go in, and I don’t intend to. Don’t speak to me like that again; I shall not answer you” (Chopin 31). B. Temperamental “There were days when she was very happy without knowing why. She was happy to be alive and breathing, when her whole being seemed to be one with sunlight…There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why—when it did not seem worth while to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead” (Chopin 58). C. Selfish “Today it is Arobin; to-morrow it will be some one else. It makes no difference to me, it doesn’t matter about Léonce Pontellier—but Raoul and Etienne!” (Chopin 115). 2. Analysis of Antagonist: Society Three Characteristics:A. Provincial/ Traditional(Mr. Pontellier) “Why, my dear, I should think you’d understand by this time that people don’t do such things; we’ve got to observe les convenances (the conventions) if we ever expect to get on and keep up with the procession” (Chopin 51)B. Materialistic“The cut glass, the silver, the heavy damask…were the envy of many women whose husbands were less generous than Mr. Pontellier. Mr. Pontellier was very fond of walking about his house examining its various appointments and details, to see that nothing was amiss. He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his …” (Chopin 50). C. Judgmental“Mr. Pontellier had saved appearances!” (Chopin 94)3. Types of Conflict:A. Man vs. Society: Edna vs. SocietyB. Man vs. Nature: Edna vs. The SeaC. Man vs. Self: Edna vs. HerselfD. Man vs. Man: Edna vs. Mr. Pontellier (this also falls into Edna vs. Society).4. Plot Paradigm: A. Inciting Incident: Edna starts contemplating about her position in the world shortly after her relationship with Robert Lebrun begins. “A certain light was beginning to dawn dimly within her, --the light which, showing the way, forbids it… In short, Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and around her”(Chopin 13).B.Climax: Edna drowns herself. “She thought of Léonce and the children. They were a part of her life. But they need not have the thought that they could possess her, body and soul…Exhaustion was pressing upon her and overpowering her…it was too late; the shore was far behind her, and her strength was gone”(Chopin 116).

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