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    I've done an essay on the Awakening, and have to do a re-write on it. For the life of me I can't work out why the water is so important- she learns to swim and then drowns in it, but that's as far as I can get!

    Anyone got any points on information about the book - I've googled and got information from the Kate Chopin Society, but I'm really starting to struggle now!
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    (Original post by aruwen)
    I've done an essay on the Awakening, and have to do a re-write on it. For the life of me I can't work out why the water is so important- she learns to swim and then drowns in it, but that's as far as I can get!

    Anyone got any points on information about the book - I've googled and got information from the Kate Chopin Society, but I'm really starting to struggle now!
    I'm at work atm but will be happy to help when I get home tonight as, although I haven't studied the book, I have read it lots and lots. Feel free to pm me in the meantime.
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    (Original post by aruwen)
    I've done an essay on the Awakening, and have to do a re-write on it. For the life of me I can't work out why the water is so important- she learns to swim and then drowns in it, but that's as far as I can get!

    Anyone got any points on information about the book - I've googled and got information from the Kate Chopin Society, but I'm really starting to struggle now!
    Right... Chapter 6 is vital here. You can almost use it as a touchstone for the whole theme of 'water' because of the vast amount of detail it contains...

    Edna Pontellier could not have told why, wishing to go to the beach with Robert, she should in the first place have declined, and in the second place have followed in obedience to one of the two contradictory impulses which impelled her.
    Anywhere that Edna chooses to go with Robert is significant. How does the setting of the beach promote/hinder their relationship?

    In short, Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her. This may seem like a ponderous weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of a young woman of twenty-eight--perhaps more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually pleased to vouchsafe to any woman.

    But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing. How few of us ever emerge from such beginning! How many souls perish in its tumult!
    How does the ocean contribute to Edna's realisation of her significance? Consider the fact that a whole ecosystem exists down there, in many ways similar to ours, but how is it different? Why should the sight of the ocean make one feel small and inferior? There's a Philip Larkin poem that I'm thinking of here... "To The Sea" .. where he speaks of our "falling short" and this being the only hindrance to that which is "perfect".

    The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.
    How does the centrality of the ocean to the novel affect the voice and tone? What poetic elements does the narrative possess? Why?

    The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.
    In a strange way, Edna feels that the sea understands some element of herself - this is vital to a woman whose marriage is in a state of collapse.



    Can you develop any of these ideas, or give some more of your own that I could help you with?
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    AAymee, your reply is fantastic, thank you so so much for your help. For sure I can develop your ideas, I can the basic premis of the book and my essay is good, I just had to develop the water theme.

    Thanks again, not sure if I can bothered working on it tonight, but that's my weekend sorted!

    Really appreciate your help.
 
 
 
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