1. “His face
flushed with annoyance, and taking off his soft hat he began to beat it
impatiently against his leg as he walked.” (35)
The tone in this piece of the book is indignant.
Robert is clearly made out to be angered by something and the author Kate
Chopin helps the reader to understand this by describing his physical actions
2. “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.” (47)
Here we view the tone as being joyous. In this chapter
Edna finally learns to swim a task she had not yet mastered. It is apparent to
the readers that when she learns how to do this, she becomes extremely happy
and she felt as if she was in control of her body for once.
3. “Edna felt
depressed rather than soothed after leaving them.” (93)
Depressed is the tone in this
sentence as it is clearly stated but we can assume this by the way Chopin uses
the scene of Edna stomping on her wedding ring and smashing things.
4. “No; I
don’t want to do anything but just be quiet. You go away and amuse yourself.
Don’t stay.” (170)
Kate Chopin uses the tone of ambivalence. Robert has
just returned from Mexico and speaks of a woman he met there. This makes Edna
who has not moved on from him yet very jealous and angered.
was pressing upon and overpowering her. “Good-by because, I love you.”” (190)
This is the last page of the book and the author uses
a sentimental tone. As Edna is swimming out into the water to drown herself,
she thinks of how much loves Robert and she recalls memories of her childhood.
It is both a confusing and frustrating ending to the story.
think that there was an overall tone that would fit this book because while
reading, you experience so much. From all the highs and lows, I think the
author didn’t intend for there to be only one tone that you could use to
explain it. The complexity of the different emotions and actions that occur are
what make the book unique in a way that you really couldn’t predict what was
going to happen next in my perspective.