AP English IV-3rd
4 October 2012
The Great Awakening
Chopin’s novel, The Great Awakening, is a series of events that happen to the major character of the novel, Edna Pontellier. Edna throughout the course of her life, she experiences some event that causes her to recognize who she really is, it awakens her spirit to find herself within her own. Not also does she find her emotions but she also has some events that flip her life back and confuse her of what or who she is. In the midst of this, she developed to be an independent woman and goes away from society as in a rebellion and has an affair with her husband. Although the author implies certain traits of Edna, some are hidden through her actions, emotions, and thoughts.
At the start of the novel Mr. Pontellier is the first to be described and given traits of handsomeness and neatness. Not only does it show that but also his thoughts towards women and his wife, Edna. He showed thoughts that shaped Edna as a being to his say and that would provoke a change to her life. He says about his wife that she is “burnt beyond recognition…, looking at as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage.” This event occurs again when instead of conversing with Edna he leaves and looks for a company with men in a game of pool, eager to leaving his wife behind with some other man.
Later that night, Mr. Pontellier would arrive and then want to talk to her wife about such great time and experience he had, with these actions, it would affect Mrs. Pontellier. Edna’s emotions were awakened; she now is tired and begins to give half hearted replies which then Mr. Pontellier despises. He then insults Edna and implies that she has been neglecting her family. After the occurrence of the incident, her feelings are posted through some sort of imagery, which developed a strong deep emotion in the scene. The “everlasting voice of the sea…broke like a mournful lullaby by upon...