AP English Literature and Composition Journal Questions for Kate Chopin’s The Awakening C. May / Marchand Due Sept. 23 For each journal question, you should provide specific references to the text with page numbers. A one page response (per question) is typical, but you may find you need more space to write out your thoughts. I will assess the journal responses for development and support, not correctness. The only loss of points due to incorrectness will come from not responding to the question (e.g. if I ask for tone and you never provide one) or responding with the wrong device (e.g. if I ask for an archetype and you give me a motif or theme instead). Take risks and work to expand your analytical skills by supporting your ideas. Each response in this journal is worth 5 points. 1. From Sparknotes.com: NA R R A TOR · Anonymous; seems to align with Chopin herself POINT OF VIE W · The novel is narrated in the third person, but the narrator frequently makes clear her sympathy for and support of Edna. TONE · For the most part, the tone is objective, although it occasionally reveals support for the female independence and sexual and emotional awareness symbolized in Edna’s awakening. Why is this point of view necessary in developing characterization and establishing tone? Show with at least two specific references to the text that clearly show why this point of view is necessary. Also, support or refute the claim that the tone is “objective.” Again make sure to support your position with specific text examples. 2. Trace (write down page numbers where found) the archetypal motif of the sea throughout the novel. How does this motif contribute to your overall understanding of the work? Trace one more archetype that, in conjunction with the sea archetype, further enhances the meaning of the work as a whole. 3. Develop one relationship Edna shares with another character. Establish the purpose of this relationship and how it enhances Edna’s characterization. 4. How does the setting influence the structure and theme of the work? What literary devices does Chopin use to enhance the meaning of the setting? 5. Compare Oedipus the King and The Awakening. What parallels are evident? How do these parallels allow the reader to better understand each text? 6. From schmoop.com: “Concurrent to Edna’s sexual awakening is her determination for independence. Instead of spending her days concerned with household matters, Edna pursues her interest in painting. Rather than depending financially on her husband, Edna moves into a house of her own. By the time Robert returns, professing his love for Edna and his desire to someday marry her, Edna can no longer handle societal strictures – particularly marriage. Without finishing the conversation about their future, Robert leaves Edna. Heartbroken, she returns to Grand Isle. Once there, she swims far out to sea and presumably drowns.” Support the accurate portions of this statement with your own examples from the text. Refute the inaccurate portions of this statement with your own examples from the text. 7. From katechopin.org: “Q: Does Edna Pontellier have sex with Alcée Arobin in Chapter 27 of the novel? A: Yes. The language in Chapter 27 reflects literary conventions of the 1890s. Kate Chopin almost certainly would not have found a publisher for the novel if she had included more sexually explicit phrasing. Q: How many times (and where) did Alcée and Edna consummate their love? A: There was no love involved (Chapter 28), but the text shows that Edna and Alcée have sex in the house on Esplanade Street (Chapter 27) and again after the party when they go to the pigeon-house (Chapter 31).” To what “literary conventions” is the writer alluding? In other words, how does the text “show” this sex if it’s not explicit?