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Banana Bread And The Awakening

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Since Banana Bread became popular in the early 1900’s, and because The Awakening was written and published in 1899, this recipe can be seen as a standard feature to include in American cookbooks during this time. Several interpretations of the symbolism of banana’s have been made throughout history. In dreams, a banana can symbolize money, love, a generous man, or inner knowledge. For Ms. Pontellier, the baking of banana bread symbolizes the inner knowledge that exposes her awakening. When confiding details of her life to Robert, Ms. Pontellier admits that; “it was [him] who awake [her] last summer out of a life-long, stupid dream” (Chopin 103). Ms. Pontellier reveals that Robert has awoken her from a dream; where she has witheld her inner
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