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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 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 36 “You have been a very, very foolish boy wasting you time dreaming of impossible things when you speak of Mr. Pontellier’s possession to dispose of or not. If he were to say, ‘Here, Robert taker her and be happy; she is yours’ I should laugh t you both.” Robert is extremely shocked with Edna’ s conduct. He imagined that she got herself freed from her better half. She arrived at the conclusion that marriage is a thing that causes men to see women as a belonging. Chapter 6 “The voice of the sea is This statement is a vital
seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude” piece of hinting for the story. She was declining to go swimming with Robert but the ocean relieves her. The ocean allows her to feel free within herself. At the

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