The Awakening

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Edna's Final Thoughts


The following passage consists of Edna's final thoughts before she dies. (Ch 39)

She looked into the distance, and the old terror flamed up for an instant, then sank again. Edna heard her father's voice and her sister Margaret's. She heard the barking of an old dog that was chained to the sycamore tree. The spurs of the cavalry officer clanged as he walked across the porch. There was the hum of bees, and the musky odor of pinks filled the air.

Why are these the last images Chopin gives the reader?


To leave the reader with a happy image.


To show the beauty in nature.


To show a time when Edna did not feel out of place in society.


To let the reader know Edna is not upset about dying.


To let the reader see Edna still thinks about her past, failed attempts at love.