The clatter clatter clatter bang of the sewing machine is a background to the

The clatter clatter clatter bang of the sewing

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The “clatter, clatter, clatter, bang” of the sewing machine is a background to the conversation of Robert and his mother. This harsh sound differs from the soothing sounds of birds and introduces tension. Robert is upset by his brother ignoring him and by his mother not telling him immediately about the letter from Montel indicating that Montel will be in Vera Cruz next month and expects Robert to meet him there.
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CHAPTER IX 25. How is the sound of the parrot used in this chapter? Can you see any significance to the words the parrot says, particularly in relationship to the turmoil developing in Edna Pontellier? It says, “Go Away! For Heaven’s sake!” It is a voice calling Edna to leave her present life and follow her dreams, or it is a warning that she should go away from Grand Isle before it is too late and something terrible happens. 26. What is Edna’s response to the music of Mademoiselle Reisz? How is this related to the “awakening” theme in the novel? She cries. She is feeling the passions evoked by the music rather than seeing just the physical image. “She saw no pictures of solitude, of hope, of longing, or of despair. But the very passions themselves were aroused within her soul.” CHAPTER X 27. What realization does Edna come to as she walks to the water with her husband by her side? She realizes how much she misses Robert when he is not with her. She is awakening to the fact that he is an important emotional part of her world which she feels is “just as one misses the sun on a cloudy day without having thought much about the sun when it was shining.” 28. How are images of sound and smell used as a backdrop to this scene? “There were strange, rare odors abroad—a tangle of the sea smell… mingled with the heavy perfume of a field of white blossoms.” The sea at this time is quiet and “swelled lazily in broad billows.” There is an atmosphere of the exotic and mysterious to heighten Edna’s mood of discovery. 29. How does Edna respond to swimming successfully for the first time? What happens that can be considered symbolism or foreshadowing? All summer, Edna has attempted, unsuccessfully, to swim. She has had several teachers, but no success. This night she swims and is filled with joy, freedom, and power. She swims far out, and then fears the possibility of death for a short time before returning to shore. This could symbolize the danger in straying too far from the conventions of the time, or it could foreshadow future events in the novel. 30. What is the significance of “the spirits of the twenty-eighth of August”? Edna is twenty-eight years old, and it is the twenty-eighth of August. She has been taken by the spirit looking for the “mortal worthy to hold him company.” When Edna and Robert return to the cottages, they sit quietly, almost as if suspended in time. Edna feels born again, aware of the “first-felt throbbings of desire.”
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