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  • Pianist Mademoiselle Reisz
    573 words
    In The Awakening Kate Chopin uses several symbols and motifs to reveal greater themes throughout the book. The protagonist, Edna Pon tellier, goes through a series of "awakenings" in which she discovers her independence and longing for a life which is less conformed. Yet Edna ultimately finds that independence and solitude come hand in hand, and that the expectations of women in the 1800's conflict with her desire to be an individual. Several events and characters influence Edna's awakening such...
  • Robert And Edna
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    Edna A Woman Ahead of Her Time Playing the role of a wealthy New Orleans housewife, Edna searches for fulfillment in her conventional 19th century life of a woman. I mention playing the role because you will discover that playing a part is all that she is doing. Even with children, a generous husband, and financial stability, Edna finds herself wanting more from life. She is a woman ahead of her time. Buried within her soul, she uncovers a great hunger for knowledge and a need for personal indep...
  • Relationship Between Robert And Edna
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    The Awakening opens in the late 1800's in Grand Isle, a summer holiday resort popular with the wealthy inhabitants of nearby New Orleans. Edna Pon tellier is vacationing with her husband, L'e once, and their two sons at the cottages of Madame Lebrun, which house affluent Creoles from the French Quarter. L'e once is kind and loving but preoccupied with his work. His frequent business-related absences mar his domestic life with Edna. Consequently, Edna spends most of her time with her friend Ad " ...
  • Edna And Robert
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    Edna Pontellier's Struggle for Freedom in The Awakening by Kate Chopin In Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening the constant boundaries and restrictions placed on Edna Pontellier by society will lead to her struggle for freedom and her ultimate suicide. Her husband Leonce Pontellier, the current women of society, and the Grand Isle make it evident that Edna is trapped in a patriarchal society. Despite these people, Edna has a need to be free and she is able to escape from the society that she despis...
  • Edna's Feelings For Robert
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    In the novel, "The Awakening", Kate Chopin tells the story of a young married woman, Edna Pon tellier, who, while enjoying her summer holidays at a cottage on a beach with her family, meets a young man by the name of Robert Lebrun. Edna, who is not really in love with her husband, begins to have mixed feelings and, as a result, begins to realize who she truly is. Edna feels that something is lacking in her life. The author uses the ocean to personify and symbolize what is missing in Edna's life ...
  • Roberts Desire For Edna
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    Thesis: In Kate Chopins novel, The Awakening the characters of the Creole men are diverse and different as the character Edna. Most of Kate Chopins stories center around a Woman unsatisfied with her position in life, while living in a man dominated society. The three main characters are typical men of that era. Chopin shows the diversity in each of those three characters. Roberts awakening, and the struggle to do what is the right thing. Alcee and how he is carefree and not concerned with societ...
  • Robert As An Image Of Freedom
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    The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, is the story of a woman who is seeking freedom. Edna Pontellier feels confined in her role as mother and wife and finds freedom in her romantic interest, Robert Lebrun. Although she views Robert as her liberator, he is the ultimate cause of her demise. Edna sees Robert as an image of freedom, which brings her to rebel against her role in society. This pursuit of freedom, however, causes her death. Chopin uses many images to clarify the relationship between Robert a...
  • Edna
    705 words
    The Awakening by Kate Chopin was considered very shocking when it was first published because of the "sexual awakening" of the main character, Edna Pon tellier, and her unconventional behavior. Chopin moved to New Orleans after her marriage and lived there for twelve years until the death of her husband. She returned to St. Louis where she began writing. She used her knowledge of Louisiana and Creole culture to create wonderful descriptions of local color, and she incorporated French phrases use...
  • Ednas Road To Maturity Through Immaturity
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    In the Awakening, by Kate Chopin, Edna Pontellier is a married woman with children. However many of her actions seem like those of a child. In fact, Edna Pontellier life is an irony, in that her immaturity allows her to mature. Throughout this novel, there are many examples of this because Edna is continuously searching for herself in the novel. One example of how Ednas immaturity allows her to mature is when she starts to cry when LeV once, her husband, says she is not a good mother. He reproac...
  • Entire Novel Edna Searches For An Identity
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    In her novel The Awakening, Kate Chopin shows how the character Edna Pon tellier has to deal with a life of hard choices. The novel is about a woman who marries into the creole way of life. Edna has everything a woman could want, but she is not happy. Edna feels like a possession of her husband, of her children, and of her society. The story deals with the struggles she goes through in order to find herself. Edna realizes that as a wife and mother, she has not been living for herself, throughout...
  • Edna Pontellier The Awakening
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    Edna Pontellier The Awakening, which was written by Kate Chopin, received a great deal of criticism when it was first published in 1899. Much of the controversy over the novel arose because of the character of Edna Pontellier. Edna was very much unlike the women of her time. In today's terms she would be considered a rebel. Edna opposed the traditional roles of society that kept many restraints on the women of the 1800's. According to traditional society of the 1800's women were assigned the dut...
  • Significant Role In Edna's Awakening
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    Time and Place in The Awakening In the book The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, time and place play a major role in Edna's awakening. Edna, the protagonist, attempts to defy male domination in her life, and through this defiance she awakens, and becomes her own person. She explores the natural world, which she had previously not known in her repressed role as a Creole matron. This could not have been possible for Edna had she not spent time on the Grand Isle summer resort island, getting to be one wi...
  • Edna And Robert
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    ENC 1102-Curr in Paper #3 Oppression from Male Dominance The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a novel that focuses on a female heroine. Unlike many female heroines, Edna Pontellier does not allow her life to be surrounded by male control. Many novels of this time allow a female to be the main character but ultimately the men that surround her decide upon her fate. Rebecca Dickson wrote With Mrs. Pontellier, Chopin rejects assessing women according to their sexual status (38). Chopin novel focuses on ...
  • Summer Edna
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    The Awakening The Character List: Edna Pontellier- Edna is one of the main characters. She goes on a path of emotional, intellectual and sexual awakening after spending a very pleasant summer with Robert Lebrun Leonce Pontellier- Ednas husband Leone spend most of the time away from home on business. He is obsessed with making money and going expensive possessions for his home. He is mild and gentle and tolerant of Edna. Raoul and Etienne Pontellier- Edna and Leonce children, they dont hang on th...
  • Edna's Infidelity Throughout The Novel
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    "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin tells the story of a woman trying to break free of her unsatisfying lifestyle. Several of the characters in the novel are confronted with change or new ideas as a result. Chopin creates several moral decisions for the reader to experience also. Marriage, infidelity, and sexual passion are all themes presented in Chopin's novel. Marriage is a theme throughout the novel. Edna Pontellier and her husband are not the ideal image of happiness or marriage. Edna is unhappy...
  • Edna Awakens To Her Body
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    Kate Chopin's The Awakening, focuses on the revolt of the main character, Edna Pon tellier, against her role and position in society. As Edna awakens to her body, her senses, and her role as a woman in late nineteenth century America, she begins to challenge societal "laws" and traditions. Not only does she neglect her obligations to friends and family, but also she ignores society's expectations of her as a woman of wealth and stature. Edna senses the forces that ultimately drive her to the sea...
  • Edna And Robert
    893 words
    The Awakening, by Kate Chopin is a work of fictions that tells the story of a woman name Edna Pontellier. At the beginning, Edna is satisfied with her marriage to Leonce Pontellier, who is a wealthy New Orleans businessperson of forty, and the father of their two sons. However, she is still searching for something more in her life, sort of meaning for her existence. While in Grand Isle, a summer resort, she meets a man name Robert. Robert is known among the vacationers as a man who chooses one w...
  • Edna And Robert
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    Kate Chopin, born in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 12, 1850, was the daughter of an immigrant Irishman and a French- American mother. Chopin, typically seen as a happy child, was the youngest of three children. At the age of five Chopin suffered from a great loss in her life, her father. Following this tragic event, she was forced to restructure her thoughts on life which were heavily put in order by her father. Her future upbringing would now primarily be supervised by women consisting of her wi...
  • Affair With Edna After Robert
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    American Lit. Professor Claire Berger Michael L. Cosby 2. Trace Edna Pontellier's awakening. Edna awakening comes very soon in the story, because first of all Edna never feels connect to the wealthy Creoles of New Orleans. The whole life style of the Creoles just never fits to her and the type of person she is. Then on vacation, Edna starts to fall for a man named, Robert Lebrun. The mean part of her awakening is when she's on the beach and she realizes that she's is an individual. With her new ...
  • Love With Robert
    219 words
    When Edna swam out into the ocean at the end of The Awakening, I think it was because she realized her situation. She was madly in love with Robert and she was married. Her husband, Leone, was much too proper and business-like to please her childish spirit. However, in the end, she understood she could not be with Robert. When she asked Robert to stay while she left, I think that Robert left because she was married. In Robert's short letter to her, he said, "I love you. Good-bye because I love y...

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