These passages, song lyrics, and poems provoked discussion in our book club:

“There were days when she was very happy without knowing why. She was happy to be alive and breathing, when her whole being seemed to be one with the sunlight, the color, the odors, the luxuriant warmth of some perfect Southern day. She liked then to wander alone into strange and unfamiliar places. She discovered many a sunny, sleepy corner, fashioned to dream in. And she found it good to dream and be alone and unmolested.
There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why---when it did not seem worth while to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead, when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation. She could not work on such a day, nor weave fancies to stir her pulses and warm her blood" (Chopin 97).

"Even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life—that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions."

"I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn’t give myself."



"Shattered" by OAR
http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Shattered-lyrics-O-A-R-Of-A-Revolution/A622E4BD42A9924C482574960013893B

"Yesterday" by the Beatles
http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/the_beatles/yesterday.html

"I Held a Jewel" by Emily Dickinson
http://www.poetry-online.org/dickinson_i_held_a_jewel.htm

The sea is a huge symbol in this novel. When Edna meets Robert at Grand Isle and develops her Ocean.jpginfatuation, the sea is the backdrop. At first, she is terrified of swimming, but then her fear vanishes when she takes to the water like a fish. The sea calls to her; it invites her to be enfolded in its expansiveness. It is "sensous." It is the force that takes Edna's life at the conclusion of the novel when her awakening is finally complete.