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In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (1899), protagonist Edna Pontellier is said to possess “That outward existence which conforms, the inward life that questions”. Write an essay in which you analyze how this tension between outward conformity and inward questioning contributes to the meaning of the work. Avoid mere plot summary.
his essay should also be about 2.5 to 3 pages in length. To help you create this essay, I suggest you use the following Tips:
Do not summarize the story and then give your opinion of it. Support a thesis: shared theme & the use of the elements of lit. to convey it.
Do not use the first person pronoun “I” anywhere in your paper.
Although you are exploring the elements, don’t use the words “element” or “theme” in your analysis. In place of these words, use the actual theme and element.