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In the novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin Edna the main character goes through an awakening to her discovery of independence and freedom The author uses figurative language tone and syntax to convey the internal struggles Edna goes through as a female in a suppressing patriarchal societyIn chapter four of The Awakening the use of syntax is used throughout the passage For example In short Mrs Pontellier was not a mother-woman was a direct simple sentence to emphasize the clear distinction of how Edna wants to be and how she chooses to be It also gives a short description of Edna to portray her as very bland mediocre woman especially when compared to Adele the perfect Creole mother-woman of her time The lengthy description of Adele gave her positive connotations to her physical image and personality Adele was the contrast of Edna and what Edna had to be in order to become the perfect mother-woman which Edna had no desire to do so In chapter ten Edna goes into the ocean and swims off for the first time This passage shows the exhilarating awakening moment for Edna and how she is able to feel free The descriptions of her internal thoughts are lengthy and complex to convey Ednas feelings of freedom in the ocean The difference between her internal thoughts and dialogue between her husband and her appears to be very surface level conversation This conveys the lack of deeper communication and monotonous relationship the two have The figurative language is used to set the mood of the passage In chapter ten Chopin says The white lights of the moon had fallen upon the world like the mystery and the softness of sleep this form of imagery gives the ocean a very calm setting and reflects on how Edna feels about the situation and her surroundings The imagery of the ocean reflected on Edna and how she felt especially around Robert The ocean represents her
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