Personal Response of《Awakening》

The《Awakening》gave me the deepest feeling that life is not easy, and people should cherish their lives. And another thoughts is to follow your heart no matter what you do. In this novel, I first felt just bored, because it was not as appealing as science fiction. However, as I read more and more, I found that every article and principle of this novel is expressed beautifully, in short and concise sentences. In addition, the novel also made me think about my life.

First of all, the heroine Edna moved me profoundly when she did not yield to the traditional society that restrained her and was truly loyal to her feelings and soul. Second, for Edna, the existence of Robert is very important, because he is the one who awakens her soul, but also makes her realize the “social bondage” and “cruel reality” he escapes at the last moment, choosing to be bound by traditional social values. Though Robert was always a man of public opinion, his presence was important, for without him there would have been no awakening for Edna. I sympathize with Edna because she never got the love she wanted, and at the same time, she was plagued with mundane matters and unable to pursue her own pleasure.

The story begins at Grade Isle, a vacation spot of wealthy Creoles from New Orleans. Edna is there with her two sons and her husband Leonce who comes and goes because of business. Edna has never felt like she fits in with their lifestyle. Edna has always done what is expected of a woman of her time, including marrying a man she did not love. He regards her as a possession rather than an individual. While on vacation, Edna falls in love with Robert Lebrun. She often went to the beach with him. She began to realize for the first time, at age 28, that she is so distressed that she returns to Grand Isle where she goes swimming in the cold sea. Purposely she swims out too far and drowns herself. Edna broke away from worldly annoyances and went to embrace the sea. What a resolution to leave her husband she didn’t love, and leave the covertly lover, and also leave her children. The demands of the secular society, the duty of being a wife and mother were all abandoned by the soul searching for herself. Life and love are precious but they can be discarded for the sake of freedom.

Contemporary society does not have the male and female inferiority thinking, but the old society had been completely different. The language used in the novel usually includes French and some slang, which helps the reader to experience the circumstances. In my mind, there is a confused married woman who is full of desire for life, but her soul is always bound by the trivialities of her life. After awakening, she chose to give up life and the sea became her destination.

Edna’s life actually mirrors our lives, but everyone will have different choices in their own lives. Each of us will experience setbacks and perhaps our lives will be shattered in the future, but please find the goodness, kindness and respect in the world and give thanks for life.

 

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Let America Be America Again

The poem “Make America be America again” expresses Langston hughes’s strong expectation for America. Because he says “America never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath, America will be!” He also used metaphor several times to describe the different oppression of different people. In addition, Hughes believes that regardless of race, religion or creed, the United States should be a country where people live out their dreams, Equality and equal opportunity. “Let America be America again” this poem explores the dark realms of life, as to the history of exploitation, And he describes in the poem the unique struggles of the black and white people who make up America. These people, he says in the poem, had the most basic dream “that America might and should be able to achieve.” Out of sympathy for the oppressed and abused in his black background, he called on everyone in his poem “Let America Be America again”. That’s why his poetry is popular.

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Why Langston Hughes want to Let America Be America again?

The poem begins with Hughes’s desire to make America what it once was. However, his ironic comment that such an American image is clearly wrong. “Make America be America again” expresses Langston Hughes’s hopes for America’s future.

“Make America be America again! It’s not just the title of the poem, it’s the main idea of the poem. Why would he say let America be America again, it is not America before? Actually, Refugees from Ireland, Poland, Britain and even African slaves had no choice but to come to the United States. Hughes said that brave people are powerful, and he praised dreamers who “dream of dreams that are so powerful, so brave, and so real.” In addition, Hughes believes that regardless of race, religion or creed, the United States should be a country where people live out their dreams, equality and equal opportunity. But it doesn’t exist anymore. Not only is there no opportunity and love, but racism, greed, materialism and discrimination abound. He wrote this poem because he was born in a black family and his sympathy for the people of this country oppressed and abused. Indians, immigrants, peasants, workers, and more of the lower class, for the poor, oppressed and trampled, the reality of everyday life to make dreams become cruel illusion and their dreams and rights to be traded, force and squeeze.

The poem explores the dark realms of life, such as the history of exploitation, and Outlines the unique struggles of the black and white people who make up America. These people, he says in the poem, had the most basic dream “that America might and should be able to achieve.” Hughes, an early American “pioneer” concludes his poem with an optimistic prediction and call for action that the people will rebuild what is healthy and sustainable. America should be America again is what the author has always emphasized.

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