The Awakening

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The Awakening

1. What features make The Awakening a "local color" story?  The features that make it a “local color” story are the ways that the lives of the characters is depicted. The story makes it seem as though everyone knows each other, almost as if it is a very small town.

2. What customs and beliefs of Edna Pontellier's society are significant in relation to her psychological development? The customs and beliefs in her society are significant to her psychological behavior are the expectations that people in her status must maintain. She lived in a time when women did not have much of a say in their own lives so she had the urge to go against all of society’s rules.

3. What attitudes and tendencies in the Creole characters does Edna have trouble adjusting to? “Nothing. I simply felt like going out, and I went out. . . . Well I hope you left some suitable excuse.” The attitudes and tendencies in the Creole characters that made Edna uneasy were there “entire absence of prudery . . . Their freedom of expression” She noticed that among the Creoles was a very friendly and family like situation.

4. Why did Edna marry Leonce? Is he the model husband?
Edna married Leonce because she went against what her father and sister wanted. “He pleases her. . . Add to this the violent opposition of her father and her sister Margaret to her marriage with a Catholic.” He is a model husband because he works hard in order to keep the family on the higher end of society and he cares about Edna, always sending her gifts when he was away on business.

5. What incidents in the novel reveal that he may not be a good husband for Edna? The incidents that reveal that he may not be a good husband for Edna is his inconsideration for her feelings. He always seems to want to go to the club and doesn’t really have much contact with her. “I‘m going to get my dinner at the club. Good night.”

6. How do Mlle. Reisz and Mme. Ratignolle function in relation to...
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