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The Awakening written by Kate Chopin is a unique and exclusive novel that shows us a woman who through her stirring or sparking comes to her senses and grasps reality Throughout the whole story the main character Edna Pontellier fluctuates between two different places or settings Her home in New Orleans and her summer home in Grand Isle By using these contrasting settings Chopin represents opposed forces or ideas that are central to the meaning of her work The novel starts of in Grand Isle where Ednas summer home is located and pretty much ends here too Ednas home in Grand Isle is like a luxury resort while her home in New Orleans is more like a down to earth dwelling New Orleans seems to be dull and unoriginal while Grand Isle is extravagant and full of exuberance Almost everyday in Grand Isle Edna would go down to the beach and relax but in New Orleans she always seemed to be confined to solitude in her desolate antique-like home Whenever Edna Pontellier was in New Orleans she always seemed to be outspoken or frank but when she was in Grand Isle her true revelation or awakening was taking shape New Orleans and Grand Isle each represent a different mood or state of mind of Edna Pontellier Grand Isle represents Ednas energetic or wild side while New Orleans represents Ednas shy and dull side When Edna is in Grand Isle she always has company whether it be her family or her friends But when Edna is in New Orleans she is always alone with the exception of her pigeon house party Here in New Orleans she always seems to drown in her sea of woes and anguish By showing how these two settings differ Grand Isle and New Orleans and what each represent we can express the meaning of Kate Chopins novel Throughout the whole story The Awakening Chopin tries to show us how women like
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