Chopin writes: “The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace” (Chopin 25). However, Edna’s excitement concerning the ocean soon turns to dread, beginning with when she experiences “ a certain ungovernable dread” and “a quick vision of death” while swimming, leaving her paralyzed in fear for a moment (Chopin 47- 48). Ultimately, Edna returns to the sea one final time at the end of the novel, overcome with a sense of despair as a result of her societal duress. Again, Chopin writes: “The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace” (Chopin 189). Though the description is the exact same, the connotation of the sea from Edna’s perspective has completely shifted.
Edna strays far from land and although she is frightened at first, she discovers a feeling she has never felt before: freedom. “A feeling of exultation overtook her, as if some power of significant import had been given her to control the working of her body and her soul” (27). For the first time, she challenges herself, and she is able to do something she was not able to previously do. Learning to swim is Edna’s first step in her journey to challenge and defy society. The cover of the novel is effective because the picture of Edna emerged in water alludes to the fact that she is connected to the sea and finds her awakening in the
Although when her baby dies, her hope vanishes, giving her no reason to live. After holding the dead baby in her arms, she finally gives in, “She threw it overboard. I watched her face knot up like a thread and then she let go. It fell in a splash, floated for a while, and then sank. And quickly after that she jumped in too” (23).
This feeling finally came to her after she was swept away by the current in the ocean. This was because she had to figure out her own way out of the situation, even though she looked back in her memories to what her father told her, she had to do it because it was just her life on the line anymore. After this horrible circumstance she found the courage to stand on her own. This decision led her to divorcing her husband and moving back home to live on her own. She was finally strong enough after seeing her stepson years later to go back to the pool and swim.
In light of her efforts to forget and shed her illicit past in the new community of New Orleans, these baths represented her efforts to cleanse herself of her odious history. It was very hard for her to abolish the past, her bathing was never done. After beating Stella, Stanley used showers to get cool down. The shower relieved violent temperament; afterward, he left bathroom feeling relax and called out longingly for his
For example she feels free when she swims for the first time. The sea is where she discovers her independence for the first time and it is described thusly: “The voice of the sea is seductive, never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude.” Whenever she talks about her feelings, she meets resistance from those close to her, especially her husband. When she sets out on her own, she realizes that ideas do not dictate reality and she cannot have a self sufficient existence as she
She is wrapped in swaddling clothes and sent down The River, until she starts drowning and can’t swim back up. She is stuck down at the bottom of The River until Owen finds her. After this one incident, her afterlife goes by in a flash. She truly learned that Elsewhere isn’t as bad and isn’t as horrible as she had once thought it was. Here, she was happy and reacted to her problems in a bright manner.
Arthur shares his enlightenment and foreshadows the challenges of Allie’s journey when he proclaims “that poem is not just about a sea voyage, it’s about the journey through life, and about the loneliness of that journey” to conclude Marty and Aunty Megs’ death (another reference to loneliness and loss). Contrary to her father’s beliefs, Allie’s travels commence in high spirits (similar to the Mariner) announcing her “great sailing adventure...dreaming of doing it”. Later, Allie begins “to believe, in the darkness of those long nights, that I really was on my own” and “Dad had gone too, gone with the albatross...suddenly overwhelmed with misery”. For the Mariner, Arthur and Allie, ships were vessels for a journey of solitary suffering on the wide, wide sea, resilience when “sails dropt down”, sculpting their character through icebergs, turbulent waters, “silent seas” and future perception of
She scares us of what we will become in the final moments before our death. It remembers the light the woman brought with her every morning by rescuing it from the deep depths of the darkness that enveloped it“Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.” The mirror recalls the first meeting with the woman from when she was young.“In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.” Plath links the fish to the woman as they both slowly float to the surface of death. The author Sylvia Plath creates a strong statement about truth through the personification a mirror. The woman must face the undeniable truth of death and continue on her journey through life.Through it all Sylvia Plath uses her mastery of imagery and symbolism to instill in us the effect that the truth can have on
In the stories “Gwilan’s Harp” by Ursula K. LeGuin, “The Washwoman” by Isaac Singer, and “The Last Leaf” by O. Henry, the characters experience great loss. Each of these stories’ most tragic moment happens when an important character dies. “Gwilan’s Harp” portrays the loss of Torm, Gwilan’s husband; however, the author creates redemption at the conclusion. The touching washwoman’s demise in “The Washwoman,” though heartbreaking, reveals an excellent moral lesson. Lastly, “The Last Leaf” not only includes good applicable themes, but also the unpredictable fatality of Behrman, of whom no one thinks very highly and yet has a great effect on the reader.