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1. How does Léonce’s behavior when he returns from the Klein Hotel reveal his attitudetoward his wife?2. What is the first sign that Edna is not completely happy with her life as it is?3. Discuss how sounds are used as a backdrop to the scene of disagreement betweenLéonce and Edna. 4. How do the gifts Edna receives from her husband symbolize her marriage and mostmarriages of this time?S-3Leonce' behavior shows that he believes his wife should cater to his every want. Since she didn't want to, Leonce made her feel as though she was failing in her duties as a mother by saying one of their children is sick. Edna's crying episode after Leonce's accusation that she was failing as a mother since she didn't know one of their children is sick (even though he wasn't actually sick) is the first sign that Edna isn't completely with her life as it is. The sea "like a mournful lullaby upon the night" exhibits Edna's sadness as Leonce accuses her of not fulfilling her responsibilities as a mother because she doesn't want to do it with him. The gifts Edna receives symbolize the luxuries she inherits from being the wife of her rich husband. However, they simply cover-up the lack of true passion Edna feels within her marriage.
Chapter IV1. Describe the unusual nature of the relationship between Edna and her children.2. What is Chopin implying by this description: “They were women who idolizedtheirchildren, worshipedtheir husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilegeto effacethemselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.”3. Who is Adéle Ratignolle, and how is she the embodiment of the “mother-woman”?4. How does the fact that Edna is not a Creole affect her relationship with others onGrand Isle?S-4Edna loves her children but is more distanced from them compared to many other traditional motherwomen. Unlike other mothers, she doesn't hover over them and provide for their every need. Chopin is implying that the traditional role of the female in Victorian society is to simply be a devoted wife and mother. Essentially, the mother will overlook her own needs and aspirations to provide for her children and husband. Adele Ratignolle is a guest at the pension at Grand Isle. She is the embodiment of the motherwoman because she spends all her time improving the household, taking care of her children, or providing for her husband. She thinks nothing of herself and simply devotes her life to being a mother and wife. The fact that Edna is not a Creole causes her to be a bit of an outsider on Grand Isle as she is not used to some of their customs. For example, she is not used to the "absence of prudery."