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Langston Hughes


Nature and the Human Soul: The Shackles of Freedom and Kate Chopin use nature in several dimensions to demonstrate the powerful struggles and burdens of human life. Throughout Kate Chopin^s The Awakening and several of ^ poems, the sweeping imagery of the beauty and power of nature demonstrates the struggles the characters confront, and their eventual freedom from those struggles. Nature and freedom coexist, and the characters eventually learn to find freedom from the confines of society, oneself, and finally freedom within one^s soul. The use of nature for this purpose brings the characters and speakers in Chopin^s and Hughes^ works to life, and the reader feels the life and freedom of ...

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a caged bird. During her summer at Grand Isle she is confronted with herself in her truest nature, and finds herself swept away by passion and love for someone she cannot have, Robert Lebrun. The imagery of the ocean at Grand Isle and its attributes symbolize a force calling her to confront her internal struggles, and find freedom. Chopin uses the imagery of the ocean to represent the innate force within her soul that is calling to her. ^The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in a maze of inward contemplation.^ (p.14) Through nature and its power, Edna, begins to find freedom in her ! soul and then returns to a life in the city where reside the conflicts that surround her. Edna grew up on a Mississippi plantation, where life was simple, happy, and peaceful. The images of nature, which serve as a symbol for freedom of the soul, appear when she speaks of this ...

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and enfeebled her sense.^ (p.28) She is frightened by her own self-discovery ^ yet is enraptured by it. It is this contradiction and this confrontation with nature that is brings about Edna^s self-discovery and metamorphosis within the novel. It is more than love for Robert that drives her to be free from the restrictions of this society. Instead, it is her discovery of her own self that causes her to shun the confines of society. Edna^s ^self-discovery^ awakens her, and she is able to greet her own soul, a soul filled with passion and sexuality. However, ev! en though she has found freedom within her own soul, she cannot be truly free in this urban society. The symbol of the ocean ...

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Added: 1/21/2004 09:36:31 AM
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