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3-8-13 Objectives:. To compose an AP essay from The Glass Menagerie . To examine the characteristics of Realism and Local Color and begin to see how The Awakening shows both of these. Today’s Agenda:. Notes on Realism and Local Color Intro to Kate Chopin and The Awakening

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3 8 13 objectives
3-8-13 Objectives:
  • To compose an AP essay from The Glass Menagerie.
  • To examine the characteristics of Realism and Local Color and begin to see how The Awakening shows both of these.
today s agenda
Today’s Agenda:
  • Notes on Realism and Local Color
  • Intro to Kate Chopin and The Awakening
  • Assign books. (I’ll pick names out of a container)
  • If your name is not selected, it is your responsibility to find a book!!
  • Timed Writing: forty minutes
realism
Realism:
  • A break from Romanticism, Realism is any effort to portray life as it really is; focuses on ordinary people and events.
  • BIG emphasis on real characters that the reader can relate to. These characters are often dealing with a moral dilemma.
  • Focuses on the good as well as on the bad.
local color regional literature
Local Color/Regional Literature:
  • Focuses on characters, dialect, customs, and other features of a particular region.
  • Mark Twain is the best example!!
  • Read pp. 1708-1710 in Bedford book. (Realism)
kate chopin
Kate Chopin:
  • 1850-1904
  • Two published novels and over 100 short stories.
  • Settings: Louisiana (French Creole)
  • Focuses on the lives of subservient women in a male-dominated world in which there are certain expectations regarding gender.
  • The Awakening: published in 1899 and banned from libraries for its immoral content!!!
reading
Reading:
  • Read chapters 1 through 14 by Tues, March 19. (I-XIV) These chapters must be finished when you walk in to class on the 19th!!!
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Chopin came from a wealthy family

  • She lived in New Orleans for a while
  • She had six children
  • Vacationed in Grand Isle, a Creole resort in the Gulf of Mexico. (part of setting in The Awakening)
  • Widowed at age thirty-two
  • Many of her short stories appeared in magazines
  • Chopin became the first woman to accept sexual passion as a subject for her fiction!!!
the awakening
The Awakening:
  • Creole: a person born in Louisiana but usually of French ancestry. Many French references in novel.
  • Setting: Grand Isle and the French quarter in New Orleans. (QuartierFrancais)
  • Set in 1899
things to look for
Things To Look For:
  • Meaning in the title
  • Symbolism: note Chopin’s use of birds (among other symbols!!)
  • Allusions to the Greek myth of Aphrodite
  • The “Gulf Spirit”
  • Biblical allusions
  • Vocabulary: especially French words!! Understanding the translations reveals deeper meaning in the novel!
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Character contrast

  • Foils
  • Women’s roles in Victorian society
  • Connections with other female characters that we’ve examined this year