Response to “The Awakening”
Response to "The Awakening" Kate Chopin uses a dreamlike realm in order to better describe the enlightenment that Edna Pontellier experiences in "The Awakening." She uses this technique throughout the novel to enhance the reader's perception of the surreal experience engulfing Edna. In chapter 10, when Edna first begins to feel this strange empowerment over her body, Chopin incorporates fantastic language. "A feeling of exultation took over her, as if some power of significant import had been given to her to control the working of her body and her soul. She grew daring and reckless, overestimating her strength. She wanted to swim out far, where no woman had swum before...She turned her face seaward to gather in an impression of space and solitude, which the vast expanse of water, meeting and melting with the moonlit sky, conveyed to her excited fancy. As she swam she seemed to be reaching out for the unlimited in which to lose herself (567)." Chopin is clearly describing a surreal occurrence here. This is also one of the most defining moments in the story, when Edna realizes that she can swim, sanctioning her with a new sense of worth and being. She is overwhelmed with a desire to let the ocean fulfill her needs of her senses being awakened and her wishes discovered. Furthermore, in this supernatural chapter, Robert describes a
How far do you agree that The Great Gatsby is a moral work? What do you think Fitzgerald is saying about American society in the period through the characters in the novel?
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Describe the attitude and values underlining beliefs of Mr Briggs and Mrs Kay in text 23 'Our day Out'.
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Geoffrey Chaucer: The Nun's Priest's Tale - Write About The Ways In Which Chaucer Presents Chauntecleer's Dream?
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Remember whose girl you are...Discuss the representation of power and control between females in Affinity
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The intense sunlight shimmed through the curtains like a light into a diamond ring. The compassionate sunlight probed my skin and then, it was gone. Like my desire to live.
Robert Colquitt Page 1, English Ms Radford 25/11/06 The intense sunlight shimmed through the curtains like a light into a diamond ring. The compassionate sunlight probed my skin and then, it was gone. Like my desire to live. It was early Sunday morning, and the birds were chirping their early April anthem, as I scraped the for-filled shaving foam off my long face. All I could smell was the exquisite scent of the fresh flowers and their pollen that filled the air. As I sluggishly lifted my heavy head, I noticed the ugly, shameful figure staring back at me. What had I become? How could I do such a thing? I started to panic. Heat surrounded me like a fire as my heart pounded the blood around my body. My conscience was knocking at the door. I felt like I never had the right to live any longer. She must suspect something? Surely by now! I acquired my razor in my left crippled hand, I observed it closely. Robert Colquitt Page 2 I saw my reflection in the sharp blade. Absurd thoughts raced through my troubled mind. I could not admit the guilt. I had to do some thing. If not on my behalf, but Charlotte's. I felt like I was not worthy. After my extended shave, I decided to take my ghastly razor out with me. Incase things got too much. My dear love accompanied me, as we walked down the ancient, foul alley. She started to question me... "What is the matter darling?" She
In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and in The Book of Genesis, Victor Frankenstein and the Christian God both create intelligent beings that are seemingly dependent upon their masters mentally and emotionally.
Dana Kornblum Cultural Studies November 1, 2002 In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and in The Book of Genesis, Victor Frankenstein and the Christian God both create intelligent beings that are seemingly dependent upon their masters mentally and emotionally. Victor and the Creature are obvious representations of God and Adam, and the events in the two accounts parallel and differ from each other in many ways. In both creation narratives, Shelley and Moses address the concern with the use of knowledge for evil purposes, the treatment of one's "son," and the Monster and Adam and Eve's contributions to the downfall of humankind. In the Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve use the knowledge that they acquire in total disregard to their creator; through their curiosity, they defy God and His commandments. The couple had been warned about eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God told them, "you must not touch it, for when you eat of it, you will surely die." (Gen. 3:3b) Unlike Victor Frankenstein, God wished for His creation to prosper and bear fruit; He watched over them as His own children. In Chapter 2 of Genesis, Moses describes God bringing life into Adam's body as He lovingly, "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." The defiance that Adam and Eve committed against God angered Him greatly because of the trust that He had
Pip's problems come from arrogance. It is only when he learns humility that he can really become a better person. Do you agree?
Lack of self-worth and Satis house; a problematic mix! Pip's problems come from arrogance. It is only when he learns humility that he can really become a better person. Do you agree? Charles Dickens' Great Expectations is the tale of one character's troubled journey of self delusion in the pursuit of false ideals. Pip, the book's protagonist, is a morally good and honest boy corrupted by the glitz and glamour of nineteenth century bourgeois society. Although Pip's arrogance and pretentiousness ultimately creates a great deal of problems for him, it would be inaccurate to claim that they are the central causes of Pip's troubles. Instead it is the lack of affirmation and self-worth he experiences in his early childhood that instigates his downward spiral of morality and must be blamed for the cause of his problems. Fortunately, Pip is able to eventually realize the nobility of humble characters such as Joe and understand the importance of values such as compassion in gaining true gentility. Primarily, Pip's lack of self-confidence and lowly impression of himself are the most notable aspects of his early childhood. Under the tyranny of Mrs Joe, Pip is constantly made to feel inferior and has his self-esteem destroyed with snipes such as "in a low reproachful voice (she said) "Do you hear that? Be grateful.". Not only is he physically abused in the household having been
Howis memory used in the novel? Atwood
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With reference to the following quotations, discuss the ways in which Daphne Du Maurier moves between realism and romance in Rebecca.
Assignment B-Takeaway Exam Paper Section B ) With reference to the following quotations, discuss the ways in which Daphne Du Maurier moves between realism and romance in Rebecca. 'I thought of all those heroines of fiction who looked pretty when they cried, and what a contrast I must make with blotched and swollen, and red rims round my eyes. It was a dismal finish to my morning and the day that stretched ahead of me was long.'(Rebecca, Ch.5 p.44) 'It is not real and rounded individuals who are being presented and the endings are known to be a foregone conclusion. Romance offers instead of closure a postponement of fulfilment.'(Alison Light, "Returning to Manderlay":romance fiction, female sexuality and class', Feminist Review, no. 16 (Summer 1984) Daphne Du Mauriers novel Rebecca is very much related to the above quotations because the story moves between romance and realism. The first quotation has been taken from Daphne Du Maurier's novel where she uses the girl to portray to readers that heroines in romantic fiction look attractive even if they go through harsh conditions, the girl then describes herself as unlike these heroines because she looks unattractive when she cries and says 'it was a dismal finish to my morning and the day ahead of me was long' this tells the audience that her life is unlike the heroines. Daphne Du Maurier uses this girl as the heroine of