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The awakening

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The Awakening: the uncaring and unselfish aspects of Edna Pontellier The Awakening is a short novel that is written by Kate Chopin. This novella is about Edna Pontellier, a wife and a mother of two sons, who had a strong desire to experience the freedom or independence a woman, can have. She tries to achieve this desire, with many selfish decisions. In those days, in eighteen hundreds, many had an orthodox view on feminism. This social attitude deprived many women with the power to live an independent life or do whatever they pleased in life. The only role women had to adhere with no choice were to either be housewives, nurturing mothers, or both. ...read more.


Another example is that she leaves her children under the care of their grandmother, without any hesitation. It makes it seem as though she wants to be away from them so that she can achieve her independence. Furthermore, she explains that she simply wants her own way, although she acknowledges the difficulty of this, especially when it means she must "trample upon the lives, the hearts, and the prejudices of others." Edna Pontellier at first has an affair with a young man, Robert LeBrun, whom she wants to settle down with, running away from her marriage in which she feels like a possession. Moreover, when she was with Robert she felt this form of happiness, which actually made her pleased with life. ...read more.


In the end of the novel, Robert leaves her once again because this time, he does not want to be another step involved in Edna's selfish search for independence and her marriage. Edna cannot live with Roberts' decision of leaving her and she commits suicide, leaving her kids to become motherless at a young tender age, and not thinking about how their upbringing would be without her or the emotional breakdown Mr.Pontellier can go through. In conclusion, Edna showed importance mostly to herself for most of the time. She was a selfish woman who tries to break out of the social norms, commits acts of adultery, falls in love with a man she cannot have, and who commits the ultimate act of selfishness by committing suicide. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lalit Menghani 04/06/2011 IB Y1 ...read more.

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