"At a distance they could see the curious procession moving toward the wharf- the lovers, shoulder to shoulder, creeping; the lady in black, gaining steadily upon them; old Monsieur Farival, losing ground inch by inch, and a young barefooted Spanish girl, with a red kerchief on her head and a basket on her arm, bringing up the rear," (Chopin 33).
What is happiness in The Awakening? Chopin inserts this peculiar scene when Edna and Robert go to the Cheniere. But why?
The procession illuminates the levels of happiness in a person's life. The lovers are in love. They are blind to anything outside their happy bubble. Ever mention of them concentrates on the lovers as a single entity, an entity outside the grasp of Edna's expectation-filled reality.
The widow gains upon the lovers and old Monsieur Farival loses ground behind her. The widow and Farival are both free from marriage, but she is in the lead. Why is the woman before the man when Chopin focuses on the idea of woman's constictions? Does she have the pontential to recognize her contrictions and concqure them while he does not?
The young Spanish girls brings up the end. What makes her different from the other people in the procession? There is not much but her age and her ethinicity. Chopin rarely referes to people by their ethinicity. Her focus is gender. However, the young girl's ethnicity holds her back in the line of happiness. Why would Chopin put the young Spanish girl at the end of the procession?
Does anyone have any other ideas for the purpose of Chopin's vivid procession?
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