The Awakening Report

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The Awakening
Kate Chopin has style that makes her work seem more like a story told in person just for the reader than one written in a book to a diverse audience of potential readers. She tends to go into great detail over the thoughts and actions of characters, giving the reader insight they would not normally have, almost as if they were mind readers witnessing the event. When Chopin describes the situations her characters are in, she tends to utilize short, to the point sentences that are the bare minimum to cover said situation, followed by a very long sentence that expands upon the first. She also tends to use short sentences in quick succession to illustrate a point. Often these are character realizations, and it feels like a short train of thought leading to a conclusion within the character's mind. These sections usually use anaphora, the repetition pounding the ideas into the reader's head. As stated before, Chopin describes most everything in great detail. Her choice of words goes between passive observation and strong opinion. When describing scenery, she might describe the colors and situation of it, or she may become excited and give a fervent description polluted by the feelings of Edna, the main character. These changes in diction add to the story, and the reader is no longer a reader yet again. Instead, this style allows us to feel changes in the mood of the characters. Rather than being told “He was happy”, “He was passionate”, “He was apathetic”, the reader feels like they are entering the scene and tasting the mood themselves. This change in diction also tends to accompany a change in tone. In the beginning of the story, the tone was one of anticipation, as a patient child waiting for a caterpillar to emerge a butterfly, which is actually a metaphor for the story. The tone shifts as the story progresses, it becomes defiant, confident, and independent. The words used become stronger and rather than hiding behind polite euphemisms, Edna becomes critical and says exactly what she means, to everyone. Chopin's style is definitely ever changing, it molds to the story, infinitely evolving to fit the situation, but still keeping true to its roots by holding on to syntax.

Erin McGuyer-Huffman
6th Period
The Awakening
The Awakening by Kate Chopin, is a novel set in Grand Isle during the nineteenth century, published in 1899 in the United States.
The story begins with Edna Pontellier. She is an average woman on Grand Isle, living with her husband and two children. She spends the greater part of her days visiting with others and relaxing for the most part. She has a few close friends, including a young man named Robert. Robert is said to follow Edna much like a puppy, and is an all around friendly guy. As the story progresses, Robert and Edna bond and enjoy each others company. As the summer ends, Edna goes down to the beach after a party with several friends in an...

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