The Awakening Critical Analysis GuideInstructions: This guide will narrow your focused analysis of The Awakening, targeting an analysis of the function and effect of narrator, character, and figurativelanguage. Follow the instructions for each as given below, and remember to provideample commentary for each of your chosen quotations. Narrator's Point of ViewChoose three quotations from different parts of the book which demonstrate the three different types of narration found in The Awakening:Internal thoughtsDescriptions of behaviorBrief insights into bothAn example from the lesson has been completed for you.ChapterQuotationCommentaryChapter 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 simileto describe Mr. Pontellier'sexpression 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 VIIn 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 about her. Thismay seem like a ponderous weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of a young The narrator explains what Edna Pontellier was going through detail and sympathizes with her. We learn, in extreme details, the thoughts and opinionsthat gradually change within her.
woman of twenty-eight—perhaps more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually pleased to vouchsafe to any woman.Chapter IMr. Pontellier finally lit a cigar and began to smoke, letting the paper drag idly from his hand. He fixed his gaze upon a white sunshade that was advancing at snail’s pace from the beach. He could see it plainly between thegaunt trunks of the water-oaks and across the stretch of yellow camomile.The actions the character took were described very carefully, but the narratorgave away no hints to what Mr. Pontellier was thinking as he did these actions.