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Portrayal of the character EdnaHer foilsSetting- feminist mvment etcStyleIntended to help the reader understand the character of Ednaher actual beliefsexternalinternal influencesToneHelping the style the tone also helps the reader understand the rest of the characters Mr Pontlierre Critical Essay quoteMademoiselle Speech about bird with strong wingsVConclusionEdna Pontlierre experiences a theme of self-discovery throughout the entire novel of Kate Chopins The Awakening Within Ednas travel through self discovery Chopin successfully uses tone style and content to help the reader understand a person challenging the beliefs of a nave society at the beginning of the twentieth century Chopins style and tone essentially helps the reader understand the character of Edna and what her surrounding influences are The tone and style also helps the audience understand the rest of the characters throughout the novel The entire content is relevant to the time frame it was written expressing ideas of the forthcoming feminist movement and creating an awareness of what was happening to the women of the early nineteenth centuryWhen The Awakening was first published its popularity wasnt that of modern day In fact it was widely rejected for years Within the context it is considered a very liberal book from the beginning of the nineteenth century The ideas expressed within the content concern the womens movement and an individual woman searching for who she really is Ross C Murfin in his critical essay The New Historicism and the Awakening shows how Chopin uses the entity of the hand to relate to both the entire womens issue and Edna Pontlierres self exploration Chopin uses hands to raise the issues of women property self-possession and value Women like Adele Ratignolle represented by their perfectly pale or gloved hands are signs mainly of their husbands wealth and therefor of what Stange calls surplus value By insisting on supporting herself with her own hands through art and having control of her own property the place she moved in to and her
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