The Awakening Literary Analysis

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The Awakening is an excellent example of a novel that advocates change in both social and political traditions. Edna, the main character, exhibited change by choosing not to conform to society or the expectations at the time. Chopin chooses to carefully modify more so the societal conditions rather than the political traditions through Edna. Her attitudes and daily routine tasks start to transform into a more carefree manner as the story unfolds. Chopin implicates several changes in Edna’s life to hint at what Chopin is trying to achieve. Through Chopin’s use of literary devices such as, diction, tone, setting, and parallel structure, the change Chopin wishes to advocate in The Awakening is made clear with modifications in Edna’s life.…show more content…
Edna’s husband, Leonce, often noted “…her habitual neglect of the children” (Chopin 7). Chopin uses the words “habitual neglect” to intensify how Leonce felt toward Edna’s attitudes for their children. Leonce was not pleased with Edna’s lack of care and motherly abilities. Through his diction, it is evident that he senses a change in Edna. Furthermore, Leonce “thought it very discouraging that his wife, who was the sole object of his existence, evinced so little interest in things which concerned him, and valued so little his conversation” (Chopin 6). The contrast between Edna and the other women in the novel stood out in this quote because the women at the time adored their husbands and paid their utmost attention to them. As for Edna, she would have rather been sleeping and did not care much as to what Leonce had to say or to the outcome of his events at night. The tone of this quote gives off a melancholy and disappointed feeling due to Edna’s lack and interest in her husband’s stories. Chopin employs the literary techniques of diction and tone in order to allow Edna to appear different from other women during the late 1800s time

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