Dr. Laura L. Runge
LIT 4386 British and American Literature by Women
Post #7 Group A
Notes and Discussion Questions:
We'll pick up with a discussion of the two role models for Edna.
1061 visit Mlle. Reisz
Return to the passage on page 1055 and compare Edna's reaction to the Mme. Ratignolle with her reaction to Mlle Reisz. What is the significance of her visits to these two women? How does she respond to each? Where does that leave her?
p. 1072 -- Arobin's kiss
Examine the discussion between Arobin and Edna on p. 1076. What does Mlle. Reisz's image of the "bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice" mean? Why does she apply this image to Edna? How does she react?
p. 1076-77 -- sex
Why does Edna throw a dinner party before leaving her house? What is it like? What does it symbolize? Is it successful?
Why does she force Victor to stop singing?
when does Robert arrive back in New Orleans? How do they meet? How does Edna react?
p. 1091 -- conflict between Arobin and Robert
p. 1092 -- sex with Arobin
How does she respond to Arobin's continued attentions? Why?
What happens when she meets Robert accidentally a second time? If time, discuss the different role these two men play in Edna's story. How are they different? Which is more significant? Why?