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 VI“Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations asan individual to the world within and about her.”The narrator uses Mrs. Pontellier’s behvaior to beable to allow the character to connect with the readers. This shows that she has never been able to really see the world and now she is ableto spread her metaphorical wings and explore the real worldChapter X“A thousand emotions The narrator’s use of Mrs.
have swept through me tonight. I don’t understand half of them…”Pontellier’s internal thoughts allow the readers to see that she is struggle with being treated like an item and that she feels hoe she is being treated is not fair toher.Chapter II“Mrs. Pontellier’s eyes were quick and bright; they were a yellowish brown, about the color of her hair. She had a way ofturning them swiftly uponan object and holding them there as if lost in some inward maze of contemplation and thought. … She was rather handsome than beautiful.”The incorporation of both idea in this quote establishes the picture of her but also highlights how she is someone who is lost all of the time. This provides character development and the chance to be able to see that she is stuck in a world that doesn’t favor her and who she truly is.