Their efforts are devoted to their children Her sketching is a casual pastime

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Edna sketches as a hobby while other women do not indulge in such creative pastimes. Their efforts are devoted to their children. Her sketching is a casual pastime from which she finds some personal satisfaction. CHAPTER VI 18. How is the sea used symbolically in this chapter? The sea is “whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.” The sea is a symbol of Edna’s awakening. “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul,” and Edna is beginning to respond to this voice inside her. Chapter VII 19. How is the road to the beach used symbolically in this chapter? The road to the beach is “a long, sandy path” bordered by “sporadic and tangled growth,” much like Edna’s difficult path to awakening. The path that leads to the sea, is a symbol of Edna’s awakening. 20. How are the lady in black and the two lovers used symbolically in this chapter? These three characters recur throughout the novel. The two lovers symbolize how lovers are intent upon only themselves to the exclusion of others. The lady in black could be death, or she could be a moral conscience that follows and watches the lovers. 21. What do you learn about Edna as a person, given the reasons for her marriage to Léonce? She has had romantic fantasies of men and love but has always been disappointed in some way. She enters into marriage with no illusions about love and with a practical understanding of the marriage. She marries Léonce partly because her family objects. Edna does have a rebellious streak, but her marriage to Léonce Pontellier is a practical decision that will put an end to foolish, romantic dreams and fantasies. She must walk this path forever “idly, aimlessly, unthinking and unguided.” 22. “She grew fond of her husband, realizing with some unaccountable satisfaction that no trace of passion or excessive and fictitious warmth colored her affection, thereby threatening its dissolution.” How does this omniscience of Chopin reveal Edna’s feelings about marriage and intimate relationships? Affection is more lasting than passion, and passion can destroy affection. Edna marries someone who will not confuse her emotionally. This summer on Grand Isle, Edna feels dangerous emotions beginning to surface, and the fact that she is married does not seem to be an obstacle to her exploring these emotions. 23. How is the theme of “awakening” revealed in this chapter? Edna talks openly and freely to Adéle, something she has never done before. To her it is like “a first breath of freedom.” She feels “flushed” and “intoxicated with the sound of her own voice.” CHAPTER VIII 24. How is the sound of the sewing machine (different from previous sounds) used in this chapter to reflect mood?
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