Mr. Pontellier’s first concern is how society views him, not that his wife is moving out. He worried more about his financial business rather than the fact that his wife is deciding to move out of their family home and live on her own. Why is he so oblivious about his marriage? I think that Leonce’s feelings to Ednais the same that Edna feels with him; he loves Edna but he’s not in love with her. He cares for her because she did birth their children but he doesn’t consider her has his true love. So, when she wrote
a thing which would never have entered into his mind to consider in connection with his wife's name or his own. He was simply thinking of hisfinancial integrity…” (Chopin150)to him about her decision, his first thing that came to his mind was not losing his wife, but how was he going to be seen as. That allowed his wifeto move out. He doesn’t want talk. And that’s a question of whether or not he does consider Edna as an independent woman or not. Chapter VQuoteSummary Analysis“Mrs. Pontellier had brought her sketching materials, which she sometimes dabbledwith in an un-professional way. She liked the dabbling. She felt in it a satisfaction of a kind which no other employment afforded her.” (Chopin 54-55)Edna decides to work on her sketching.Edna finds satisfaction in art that she can’t find elsewhere; this activity is solely her own and pursued for no purpose other than enjoyment. She finds comfort in her drawings and sketches. That's the one thing that she could fully use her creative mind in something she enjoys doing. In the Gilded Age, art was a major factor in the culture. There were many developing artist and sculptors at that time, and Edna was beginning. Though she was not the best and at times she did feel like she would never succeed, she used drawing as an escape from the society around her. For Edna, drawing is a piece of her, and besides her individuality, that is one of the things society can’t take away from her.Chapter XXIQuote Summary Analysis
“‘I am becoming an artist. Think of it!’ ‘Ah! an artist! You have pretensions, Madame.’ ‘Why pretensions? Do you think I could not become an artist?’ ‘I do not know you well enough to say.I do not know your talent or your temperament. To be an artist includes much; one must possess many gifts—absolute gifts—which have not been acquired by one's own effort. And, moreover, to succeed, the artist must possess the courageous soul.’ ‘What do you mean by the courageous soul?’ ‘Courageous, ma foi! The brave soul. The soul that dares and defies.’” (Chopin 115)Mademoiselle Reisz defines to Edna the true meaning of being an artist.According to Mademoiselle Reisz, it takes bravery to be an artist. Being an artist herself, Mademoiselle Reisz knows what she is talking about. And that is one of the main reasons Edna looks to her. Her guidance helps Edna find herself. I believe that Mademoiselle Reisz is so fond of Edna because she may remind her of herself at ayoung age. She seems like someone who does not followthe standards like the rest do. So, whatever advice she givesto Enda, I feel as do she had asimilar experience that she share with Edna. We might interpret her last sentence as instructing Edna that an artistic soul must dare and defy society.
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