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  • Positive Awakening For Edna
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    Kate Chopin is an American writer, best known for her description of culture in New Orleans, Louisiana, and of women's struggles for freedom. Many of her works including The Awakening, were examples of local-color and helped establish Chopin as a contributor to Southern regional literature. The Awakening attracted a lot of negative criticism for its description of a woman's developing independence and sensuality. This novel portrayed the progress of a wife, mother, and a lady addicted to finding...
  • Actions Edna
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    The Awakening: Casting Shadows Happiness; is it essential or is it a mere unimportant simplistic virtue in life's plans? Does everyone have the right to happiness? It is stated in the Constitution that we as Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. In the novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin the main Character Edna has the "perfect life". The sweet loving husband, the cute children, enormous amounts of money and an extremely large house. Yet with all of this Edna is...
  • Ocean Seduces Edna
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    The Awakening is a story full of symbolism and imagery that can have many different meanings to the many who have read it. I have read several different theories on Kate Chopin's meaning and though some are vastly different, they all seem to make sense. It has been said that Kate Chopin might have been ambiguous just for this reason. At some point, almost everyone struggles with knowing or not knowing their purpose in life, and therefore it seems, that on some level, most who read the story abou...
  • Edna's Life
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    The Awakening The novel, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, was written in the late nineteenth century in St. Louis after her husband Oscar died of a severe illness. Her book appeared in 1899, after she was idolized by many novels written by Darwin and Sarah Orne Jewett. Her first attempts at writing were just brief sketches for a local newspaper that was only short descriptions of her life in Louisiana. However, Chopin's interests had always run along more risky lines, as reflected in her diaries, l...
  • Adele's Impact On Edna
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    When thinking about Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening, one must recognize the impact the other characters had on Edna. The two characters that seemed to have the biggest impact were Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz. Although these two women are very different, both influenced Edna's decisions about her life greatly. The ideas both presented Edna with contributed to her decision to take her life. Adele was the ideal Creole wife and mother. She shared a successful drug store business with ...
  • Houses Edna
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    Music Throughout The Awakening, the manner in which each of the characters uses and understands music gives us a sense of Edna's ideological alignment in relation to the novel's other characters. Additionally, Edna's exploration of music and her meditations upon its significance enable her own (visual) art to flourish. Edna first learns about the emotive power of music from Mademoiselle Reisz. Whereas Ad " else Ratignolle's piano playing had merely conjured sentimental pictures for Edna, the old...
  • Edna Pontelliers Struggle
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    The central narrative of Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening can be said to concern Edna Pontelliers struggle to define herself as an active subject, and to cease to be merely the passive object of forces beyond her control. But the precise nature of this struggle, as well as its emotional and psychological dimensions, is less easily articulated. One textual counterpart to this complexity is the ongoing interplay between active and passive voice which parallels, and not infrequently undermines, th...
  • Edna's Marriage To Leonce
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    Kate Chopin, "The Awakening" The Awakening, written by Kate Chopin, tells the story of a woman, Edna Pon tellier, who transforms herself from an obedient housewife to a person who is alive with strength of character and emotions which she no longer has to repress or be shaped by her surroundings. Her behavior is more shocking and horrifying because of her position in society and it is that very position which causes her to feel restrained and makes her yearn to rebel. Adele Ratignolle is Edna's ...
  • 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...
  • Conflicting With Her Other Direction Of Oppression
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    Often in novels, a character faces conflicting directions of ambitions, desires, and influences. In such a novel, like "The Awakening", the main character, Edna Pon tellier, faces these types of conflicting ideas. In a controversial era for women, Edna faces the conflict of living in oppression but desiring freedom. The patriarchal time period has influenced women to live only under the husband's thumb but at the same time, break away from such repression. These opposing conflicts illuminated th...
  • Third Symbolization Of Defeat For Edna
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    The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, tells one woman's story of her attempt to awaken to her true wants and desires for her life. When Edna Pon tellier spends the summer on Grand Isle, she begins to think beyond the role of wife and mother that she has played so far. She begins to think of herself as a separate person with independent thoughts and feelings. Her transformation is difficult and she has great trouble deciding what she really wants in life. Edna attempts to discard all of the traditional ...
  • Rejection Of Edna's Awakening
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    The Awakening In the short story "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin the main character Edna commits suicide as a finale escape from the oppression of the Victorian society she lives in. The reader is prepared for this conclusion to the story because the plot line evolves in only one direction, downward. There are also sufficient clues as to the conclusion woven into the experiences Edna faces. Two of these clues lie in the awakening Edna experiences and the rejection she faces because of this. The f...
  • Edna Leaves Behind The Victorian Notions
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    The Awakening is a commentary on the restraints faced by women at the turn of the century. The novel is really all about independence and understanding. The peace that is offered in the promise of personal freedom concerning love and all else, shown in this novel, is enticing. Chopin writes about a woman who continues to reject the society around her, a notion too radical for Chopin's peers. Edna Pontellier has the traditional role of both wife and mother, but deep down she wants something more,...
  • End Of The Novel As Edna's Failure
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    Although the ending of Kate Chopin's The Awakening is a sad conclusion to an inspirational story, it does not compromise the central theme of the novel. Instead of viewing the end of the novel as Edna's failure to continue her pursuit of individualism and independence, one should see it as a failure of the society in which Edna lives to support her newly awakened self. Edna finds it impossible to live in her world and maintain her newfound identity, and therefore, finds suicide the only option i...
  • Grand Isle Edna
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    THE AWAKENING The contrast between an urban and a tropical setting represents the awakening that the protagonist experiences in Kate Chopin's classic novel, The Awakening. At Grand Isle Edna becomes conscious of her restrictive marriage in a male dominated society. Her awakening originates with her experiences at Grand Isle but fully develops upon her return to the city, where she completes her transformation from her roles as wife and mother to an independent woman. The setting at the beginning...
  • 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
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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 ...
  • Edna Pontellier Underwent A Spiritual Awakening
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    Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening relates the emotion-driven story of Edna Pontellier. Her story is a happy one. Not because of some typical fairy tale ending where they all live happily ever after, but in that she accomplished her goal in life. She never "sacrificed herself for her children". (p. 115) Edna Pontellier remained an individual. The music that was brought to her by Mademoiselle Reisz stirred up a deeper meaning in Edna's life. This is the point at which she feels her new being formi...
  • Awakening Inside Edna
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    When faced with the question of "which novel did I have the greatest reaction to this semester?" , the first story that came to mind was The Awakening. Although written from the perspective of a woman, I found that this story rendered my greatest emotional appeal. It is a story of a woman, Edna Pon tellier, who transforms herself from an obedient housewife to a person who is alive with strength of character and emotions that she no longer has to suppress. The metamorphosis is shaped by her surro...

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