Passage Analysis




Theexcerpt is about Edna being overcome by the Gulf water. The passagecommences by introducing the audience to some aspects of Edna. Thereader is first of all informed that Edna could give up thedispensable, but could never sacrifice herself for the children.Despondency came upon her and she desired nothing in the world. Shewanted no human being near her except Robert. Her children were likeantagonists that had overcome her, but she fathomed a way of eludingthem. When she walked to the beach, she swam but was lastly overcomeby the strength of the Gulf water (Chopin,1995).


Thereare different characters that emerge in the passage. One of thecharacters is Edna. Edna emerges as the chief character in thepassage since everything in the passage revolves around her. In thepassage, the other characters are mentioned because of her forexample, the reader learns about Robert because of Edna. The othercharacters mentioned in the development of the passage include Adele,Leonce, Mademoiselle, Doctor Mandelet, and Margaret. Although thepassage develops Edna clearly, it does not seem to introduce othercharacters in a well explained manner. It is just a few charactersthat the reader can understand their relation with the chiefcharacter.


Accordingto the manner in which the passage starts, it does not introduce thereader to certain individuals such as the husband of Edna. Thepassage only gives the reader a character, who can be guessed as hishusband Robert. As the story develops, the audience learns that Ednahas been made like a slave by her children. This made her feelexhausted. Although she did not have the intention of eluding herchildren, when she went to the beach, she became overpowered by thegulf water that made her leave her children. The passage concludes byEdna losing strength to the gulf water (Chopin,1995).

Styleand Language Analysis

Inthe passage, repetition has been used to emphasize the point of theauthor. For instance, over and over has been used by the author toemphasize the action of Edna (McCarthy,2000). Through using repetition in the passage, the author has madethe audience to note the action of Edna. The use of similies has alsobeen noticed in the passage. The use of similies has helped theauthor in providing a comparison that the audience can relate.Different similies have been used in the passage, which include“…like antagonists who had overcome her”, “….like somenew-born creature”, and “coiled like serpents” (Chopin,1995). Personification has also been used in the passage by theauthor, where non-human things have been given human characters. Forexample, ‘the voice of the sea’. Although the sea does not speak,it has been given this character to help in explaining the sound ofthe sea. Besides, the author indicates the sun showing mercy, whichis a character that can only be related with the human beings. Inaddition, the waves have been depicted to invite Edna (Chopin,1995). This also shows another human character that has beenassociated with the waves. Another literature device that has beenused in the passage entails the imagery. This has been utilized inthe passage by the author in an attempt to help in developing a clearpicture or image in the mind of the reader. For instance, in thepassage, the author has depicted a bird having a broken wing beatingthe air. The term beating hear helps in bringing a clear image ofwhat the bird was doing.


Chopin,K. (1995).&nbspTheawakening.New York: Barnes &amp Noble Books.

McCarthy,T. (2000).&nbspTeachingliterary elements with short stories.New York: Scholastic Professional Books.