- 1. Explain the significance of the parrot and the mockingbird at the beginning of this chapter.
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- 4. Who is Robert Lebrun?
- 5. What is his relationship with Edna?
- 1. Describe Edna Pontellier.
- 2. What kind of person is Robert Lebrun?
- 3. What shift in point of view is evident in Chapter Two?
- 4. What do you learn about Robert and Edna from their conversation at the end of this chapter?
- 1. How does Leonce’s behavior when he returns from the Klein Hotel reveal his attitude toward his wife?
- 2. What is the first sign that Edna is not completely happy with her life as it is?
- 3. Discuss how sounds are used as a backdrop to the scene of disagreement between Leonce and Enda?
- 4. How do the gifts Edna receives from her husband symbolize her marriage and most marriages of this time?
- 1. Describe the unusual nature of the relationship between Edna and her children.
- 2. What is Chopin implying by this description: “They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels. ”
- 3. Who is Adele Ratingnolle, and how is she the embodiment of the “mother- woman”?
- 4. How does the fact that Edna is not a Creole affect her relationship with others on Grand Isle?
- 1. How does Robert’s behavior toward Edna fit the pattern of Medieval and Renaissance courtly love?
- 2.What is the difference between Robert’s present attentions to Edna and his past attentions to Adele Ratignolle?
- 3. Compare Edna’s sketching with Adele’s sewing.
- 4. To what tradition is Chopin referring when she has Edna compare Adele to a Madonna?
- 5. What is ironic about the simile?
- 1. What is significant about Edna’s first saying she did not want to go swimming with Robert and then agreeing to go?
- 2. How is the sea used symbolically in this chapter?
- 1. How are Edna Pontellier and Adele Ratignolle contrasted in this chapter?
- 2. What does the road to the beach symbolize in this chapter?
- 3. What is the significance of the lady in black and the two lovers in this chapter?
- 4. What does the flashback to Edna’s childhood reveal to the reader?
- 5. What do you learn about Edna as a person, given the reasons for her marriage to Leonce?
- 6. “She grew fond of her husband, realizing with some unaccountable satisfaction that no trace of passion or excessive and fictitious warmth colored her affection,, thereby threatening its dissolution
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