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Some critics view Ednas suicide at the end of the novel as a failure to complete her escape from convention an inability to defy society. Others view her suicide as a final awakening a show of strength and independence that defie

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Some critics view Edna's suicide at the end of the novel as a failure to complete her escape from convention - an inability to defy society. Others view her suicide as a final awakening - a show of strength and independence that defies social expectation. Which interpretation do you find more compelling, and why? Throughout detailed discussion of "The Awakening", explore the outcome of this novel and compare it with the outcome of Jane Eyre. While reading the book "the awakening", you can interpret Edna's suicide in many ways, ranging from her lack of emotional and sexual desires too how the society appeared to look down on her. Either way she is the main protagonist throughout, and in time you feel you get to know her character, often sympathising with her, as the narrator makes it clear, by frequently showing the support of Edna. ...read more.

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The focus on the implications of her personal characteristics being displayed and changed really reflects Edna's inner most feelings, as she embarks on her journey for independence and ambitions she hasn't been able to achieve feeling "Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one's life." Edna's finally "awakening" to the fact that she needs more than what she has, for herself, as well as not being able to stand the restrictions as well as "beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her." By breaking through the role society had given her, she discovers herself, and the independence she has from her children and husband. She openly rebels, after becoming fully aware that in her mind that her marriage to Leonce was the end too her life of passion thus is became nothing more than a responsibility and duty, to keep him happy. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even though this could be due to her new found mode of open and free expression, she has learnt from the Creole women, it's almost spiteful that her whole attitude and personality has now opposed from well mannered to overly open. There are a lot of things that outline her child like actions, almost as if she had to grow up when she was young, and has to make up for all the things she wishes she had done in order to become liberated. On the other hand she does mature as well, as when she first swam it was like a young child, with her husband watching over her, nether the less "She made no mention of her encounter with death and her flash of terror, except to say to her husband, 'I Thought I should have perished out there alone.'" He responded, "You were not so very far, my dear". This helps Edna mature, because she can now see how she can take control of her own life, without needing support from her husband so often. ...read more.

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