thing for her to do in both her and her husband's eyes. This is unlike her. Usually, she would oblige his requests “unthinkingly”. This shows us how women are trained to always obey the men without even thinking about why. It is also the first ray of resistance that we see in Mrs. Pontellier. Perhaps because of her budding relationship with Robert, she is beginning to see herself as an individual and is standing up for herself. The author likens her behaviour to how we “walk, move, sit, stand, go through the daily treadmill of the life” to show how ingrained it is inthe lives of women to not say no, and live only to please men. 11. I don’t blame him; he’d never be in a bad humor if it weren’t for me.” This piece of exposition about Mr. Pontellier shows us that Edna knows that she causes him to be angry. In this scenario, she is taking the blame for how he feels. Edna is aware of her inadequacies and feelsaThis is opposed to later in the text, when Mrs. Pontellier goes on doing what she wants to do without worrying what her husband thinks, 12. The past was nothing to her; She’s in a state where she longs for Robert. The past is where she has
offered no lesson which she was willing to heed. The future was amystery which she never attempted to penetrate. The present alone was significant; was hers, to torture her as it was doing then with the biting conviction that she had lost that which she had held, that she had been denied that which her impassioned, newly awakened being demanded.learned to never voice her opinions.It is where she married Leonce Pontellier. When she states that it offered no lesson she was willing to heed, it means that she wishes that she did not make some decisions. She also does not want to look into the future. The present is where sheis tortured, she feels as though she has lost what she held.Rhetorical Question: Would she have fallen for anyone that showed herempathy, or is this just her feelings for Robert? 13. “And here’s your ring, ma’am, under the chair.” Edna held out her hand, and taking thering, slipped it upon her finger.No matter what she does, she cannot seem to escape the ring. Other people like the maid enforce her place as the woman. The ring is the symbol for her marriage, but it also signifies the cage that she is in. Sheis trapped through the ring, and even though she throws it away, it finds its way back to her. Edna seems to have accepted this knowledge,and after her fit, she becomes very calm. She accepts the ring and slips it on her finger where it regains its power over her. 14. Mr. Pontellier had been a rather courteous husband so longas he met a certain tacit submissiveness in his wife. But her new and unexpected lineof conduct completely bewildered him. It shocked him. Then her absolute disregard for her duties as a wife angered him.