SSR Project-The Awakening

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  • The Awakening
  • Prologue
  • She was a grown young woman when she was overtaken by what she supposed to be the climax of her fate. (17)
  • Rising Action
  • She began to do as she liked and to feel as she liked. (56)
  • Kate Chopin
  • Conflict
  • Her new and unexpected line of conduct had completely bewildered him. (57)
  • Mrs. Edna Pontellier, a housewife and mother, spends her days doing what is expected of her in the era of her time, to provide and care for her husband and kids. She is proper, but believes daily there is more for her, and that she doesn't have to be a typical woman of her time.
  • Climax
  • He leaned forward and kissed her, she clasped his head, holding his lips to hers. (83)
  • Mrs. Pontellier becomes irritated with her life, and spends more time out with friends and the town escort, Robert. She takes up art as a hobby, and disregards her household duties.
  • Falling Action
  • "I love you," she whispered, "only you; no one but you." (109)
  • Mr. Pontellier leaves for work often, leaving Mrs. Pontellier alone with much responsibility. Edna ignores the duties, leaving her servants to watch the kids and care for the house. She begins to spend more time with Robert until he suddenly leaves town, breaking Edna's heart. Mr. Pontellier notices her behavior has changed, and seeks a doctor to help with the stress between the two.
  • Edna begins to have an affair with a man when her husband is away on a long business trip. Her kids are away as well leaving her alone in their house as she starts to liberate herself from everything tying her down.
  • Mrs. Pontellier decides to completely move out of her house, and live on her own for a bit to pursue a career in art. Mr. Pontellier is angry. Also, Robert decides to come back to town and confess his love to Edna, and she confesses back, kindling their romance together.
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