"The Awakening"1. Briefly summarize the plot of the novel you read.
The plot of the book has to do with Edna finding out who she is by "awakening". She learns how to express herself and her freedoms. She meets a young man, Robert, who helps her to love things again that she lost love for when she got married. Falling in love with this young man leads her to leave her family and become independent. Later she realizes she's done wrong and is still not happy so she goes to the place where she had first awakened herself and gives herself to the sea.
2. Succinctly describe the theme of the novel. Avoid cliches.
I feel the theme of the novel is to not be afraid to live and love life. Edna wasn't able to do this at first so when she discovered this concept it was too late and she had already started her life with things she wasn't absolutely happy with.
3. Describe the author's tone. Include three excerpts that illustrate your point(s).
The author's tone started off as depressing for Edna and later turned into a more loving tone when she meets Robert. He set a tone that showed happiness around Robert and a bit of guiltiness and a gloomy tone around her husband. For example one day she spent it all with Robert and she said it was one of the best days of her life, but when she returned home to her husband she barely spoke.
4. Describe five literary elements/techniques you observed that strengthen your understanding of the theme and/or your sense of the tone. Include three excerpts (for each element) that will help your reader understand each one.
One literary element in the novel is flashbacks. Edna experiences flashbacks of being on vacation where she met Robert and was at her happiest point in life. This is significant because it didn't include her husband just her independent self. Also the setting because it was at a period of time where women obeyed men and had no opinions or self expression. This leads to her not being able to be herself. Another element is symbolism. A symbol that seemed important was caged birds in the novel. This symbolized Edna being trapped and inescapable of her life to be free and happy. Also the dialogue used helped to show the theme. When she was around Robert, who made her happy, she was joyful and talkative, but around her husband she was aloof and barely spoke. Finally the actions of the characters lead to the plot and theme. For example when Edna would hangout with Robert long enough she'd try courageous things like learning to swim. When she was with her husband she was boring and would try to get away from him like going back to the house or would stay outside.