A new race of beings must have sprung up, leaving only you and me as past relics (pg 85)”, Edna states this to prove her readiness to leave her old life and begin a new one with Robert. It proves that she truly believes that if she can be with him she can escape reality and live a life with only him. Edna leaves her socially acceptable lifestyle which is a difficult task to face for a woman in
One thing she hears the voice telling her to do is to kill her sister Mary. She convinced her sister is responsible for her relationship failing, because her sister did not like her boyfriend. She is upset with Mary because Mary told her that her boyfriend leaving her was for the best. Mary did not like Matt and thought that Anna could find a better man who would treat her better. So Anna has visions of murdering Mary by chocking her to death or pushing her down the flight of stairs at home.
The Gaitas each faced their own fears of unable to belong, but none so as much as Christina who dies to the loneliness of been unable to fit in. “He found her just staring into the fire” describes Raymond, illustrating how desperate his mother had been. As a result she is characterized as ‘appearing to be cheerful and vivacious’ but in truth ‘deeply depressed.’ Christina is an allusion of the displaced socialite hungry for a sense of fulfillment and security, in a place where she cannot get the acceptance she seeks; she wants to ‘fall asleep and die”. She feels geographically and culturally displaced, as a result she never settles into Frogmore. Raymond uses a series of fragmented repetitions to convey the alienation felt by Christina.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin puts an interesting perspective on the oppression of women. Some of the reasons behind the book being unnecessary are that, going into the ocean shows a strange way of showing her freedom. Also the ending makes the reader think that woman cannot survive on their own without men, which would make the moral to this story kind of cloudy. Lastly, it also seems unneeded that the narrator would relate the bird with the broken wing falling into the ocean to Edna’s plunge into the ocean that killed her. The ending to a book like this one must have a powerful well rounded end that this book seems to lack.
Just like what the devil did to Eve, he promised her that the forbidden fruit would give her sensations beyond her wildest beliefs but ended up getting her kicked out of Eden and punished humans for eternity. The ocean is like this to Edna because it promises freedom, which is exactly what she has been looking for, and it ends up being the death of a woman who already has a good amount of independence. Chopin also makes Edna seem less than holy in this passage because after all, she is a woman and since her transformation stumbled and was never truly completed, she is stuck between a sacred figure and just another failure. Edna decides to kill herself on her way to beach because of her suffering and search for more and more freedom. The weather amplifies the feeling of pain and hopelessness, the sun is hot and the water seems like the perfect relief to get away from everything.
We know that Edna couldn’t swim. She was actually afraid of going into the Ocean. She starts to change and this quote is saying that she had a calling. She just had to go out into the Ocean because it was almost telling her to go into it. “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul” This quote is part of the series of quotes involving Edna’s awakening.
As she swam she seemed to be reaching out for the unlimited or impossible to lose herself in. This tells a lot about the deeper elements of her awakening in my opinion it also foreshadows her suicide because eventually she does lose herself. After this in my opinion she is no longer the old Edna but has sense of
Aaron B PPSA: The Awakening and Song of Solomon The ending passage of The Awakening by Kate Chopin is written in a resigned tone, in contrast to the ending passage of Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, which is written in an elated tone. The ending of The Awakening—Edna's apparent suicide as she finally realizes she cannot live as an independent woman in late 19th century society—reflects Chopin's feminist feelings, and it represents her conviction that women were confined by the norms of society. The ending of Song of Solomon—Milkman's ambiguous leap to either his death or to “flight”—reflects Morrison's feelings that life or death is unimportant so long as one succeeds in his/her quest for self-discovery. Chopin uses formal, abstract diction in The Awakening, while Morrison uses informal, colloquial diction in Song of Solomon. In the passage from The Awakening, Chopin uses formal, abstract words such as “sensuous” (133), “traversed” (133), and “despondency” (132).
This is a sad situation in which poverty forces Fantine to give her child up to a complete stranger. Fantine is unable to raise a child in her current situation and giving up her child may be the only way for her daughter to live a healthy, stable life. Another example for her poverty is '" ...Where did you get the louis d'or?' ....'I got them,' answered Fantine. The candle lit up her face.... the corners of her mouth were stained with blood...'"(p.66).
In this famous novel, Blanche Dubois goes to live with her sister Stella Kowalski. She has to tell her sister the bad news that she lost their family home, Belle Reve, and also took off from her teaching job due to her bad nerves. This is the first indication of Blanche’s insanity. She is clearly unaware because she says, “Is there something wrong with me?” Another sign is Blanche’s horrible drinking habit, which research shows can lead to making horrible decisions and can alter ones life. “Both Blanche’s drinking and her endless hot baths suggest that she is attempting to wash away her past and emerge through a sort of watery purgatory.” Stanley, Stella’s husband, does not really like Blanche and accuses her of being crazy, which is an accurate description.