Seascape at Dusk by William Trost Richards


This scene reminds me of Edna’s daydream in the Awakening. The serenity and ambiance of the painting implies a sense of freedom and escape. This painting portrays Edna’s state of mind and emotions; it represents the sea, one of the most essential elements of the story. The sea is an analogy between vigorous nature and Edna’s ferocity to break free from her boundaries (marriage). Furthermore, this painting delineates the concept of solitude- whenever Edna is alone, she discovers her strengths, which could also indicate that the sea can both be her escape route and her end.

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