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zThe 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 I "You are burnt beyond recognition," he added, looking at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage." The narrator uses a simile to describe Mr. Pontellier's expression as he examines his wife, comparing her to a piece of property. But we are not told specifically what he is thinking; the description of his expression gives us the information we need to discern his thoughts. This does, however, provide insight as to how he may perceive her; as something he owns? Chapter IV “They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.” The narrator gives an example of an insight to the life of the submissive women in the story and their specific relationship to their husbands. They are willing to suffer for the sake of their family and above else, their children. Chapter III “An indescribable oppression, which This is a notable example of Edna’s inner struggle
seemed to generate in some unfamiliar part of her consciousness, filled her whole being with a vague anguish.” regarding her motherhood and relationship with her relationship husband. This notes a revelation that continues to haunt her throughout the story. Chapter 39 “Good-by because I love you. He did not know; he did not understand. He would never understand… but it was too late; the shore was far behind her, and her strength was gone.” Edna’s suicide was seemingly a result of her impossible love for Robert. She is hinting at the life she is leaving behind. Although, I think

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