Interpreting The Awakening


interpreting The Awakening

( The Awakening,.97) (Yang,.121) Yang's analyzing a Discourse community: The film industry rendering enables readers to recognize that it is Edna's wish to find a space of her own where she can be free of disturbances and the responsibilities of motherhood. The result is a clearly written study that blends careful description with nuanced analysis. This rendering is very different from Yang's literal translation. While no dash is used in the source text, the use of the dash in Yang's translation exposes the reader to a considerable female consciousness: Example 7 She discovered many a sunny, sleepy corner, fashioned to dream.

Later on, she is sensually awakened. Her loneliness explains all her deviant behavior. They were thick and almost horizontal, emphasizing the depth of her eyes. Cynthia Griffin Wolf in "Thanatos and Eros" also notes: "Edna's final act of destruction has a quality of uncompromising sensuous fulfillment. For example, Edna's inclination of swimming in the sea discloses her desire for freedom, and her choice of committing suicide implies her determination to preserve selfhood against the smothering pressure of social conventions (Yang 1996:8).


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