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  • Awakening Of Edna Pontellier
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    In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, the main character, Edna Pontellier makes a very long, painful journey into her inner self. At the end of this journey she discovers that she is not strong enough to adopt a life in which a woman is her own woman and lives for herself. This forces her to choose the only other option available to her. I think the propriety with which Edna struggles (and most often gives in to) as she begins to discover who she is and what she wants creates a thick, almost suffocati...
  • One's Life
    635 words
    By: ~ The Awakening Kate Chopin Edna's awakening, from the beginning in Grand Isle, to her life in New Orleans and finally her death back in Grand Isle, takes place quite suddenly. She goes from a quiet, reserved lady, to an outspoken, strong-willed woman. Despite this dramatic change, one characteristic remained constant throughout the book. She was very confused about who she was and what she wanted in life. She is pursued by Robert, and is surprised when feelings for him stir inside her. At t...
  • Actions Edna
    910 words
    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...
  • Second Role Edna
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    The Struggle to Be a Womyn " Every step which she took toward relieving herself from obligations added to her strength and expansion as an individual" (93) The Awakening by Kate Chopin introduces the reader to the life of Edna Pontellier, a woman with an independent nature, searching for her true identity in a patriarchal society that expects women to be nothing more than devoted wives and nurturing mothers. In this paper I will describe Edna's journey of self-discovery and explain why her strug...
  • Reference To The Trouble Edna
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    The Awakening In The Awakening by Kate Chopin, the emotional state of the central character is often shown to the reader through the employment of literary techniques. Characterization helps draw parallels and contrasts between secondary characters and Edna Pon tellier. Symbolism is used in order to outline Ednas progression as a character. At the very beginning of the book, there is constant reference to a caged bird. This can be considered to be a reference to the caged life that Edna leads as...
  • 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 Pontellier And Mrs May
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    A strong critique by existentialist writers of modern society is the way in which humans live unexamined, meaningless lives with no true concept of what it is to be an unique individuals. In Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening and in Flannery O'Connor's short story "Greenleaf" the characters Edna and Mrs. May, respectively, begin almost as common, stock characters living unfulfilled lives. They eventually converge, however, upon an elevated life and death filled with new meaning through their stru...
  • 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 ...
  • Women Of High Victorian Society
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    Edna Pontellier, the main character in Kate Chopins novel The Awakening, is a woman trying to form her own identity, both feminine and sexually, in the repressive and Victorian Creole world of the latter nineteenth century. She is met by a counterpart, Mademoiselle Reisz, who is able to live freely as a woman. Edna herself was denied this freedom because of the respectable societal position she had been married into and because of her Presbyterian up bringing as a child. The role that Mademoisel...
  • First Look At The Life Of Edna
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    Edna This is a look at "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin. When you first look at the life of Edna you think there is not much to discuss. Edna is a married woman who at first seems vaguely satisfied with her life-"she grew fond of her husband, realizing with some unaccountable satisfaction that no trace of passion or excessive and fictitious warmth colored her affection, thereby threatening its dissolution". (Chopin, 558). Edna doesn't know what she wants from life. It is evident from the way she t...
  • Adele Ratignole And Mademoiselle Reitz
    862 words
    The Awakening, written by Kate Chopin, tells the story of a woman, Edna Pontellier, 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. Playing the role of a wealthy New Orleans housewife, Edna searches for fulfillment in her customary 19th century life, where the Creole society had high expectations of their women. Even with children, a generous husband, and financial stability, Edna finds hersel...
  • Ednas Marriage To Leonce
    859 words
    The Awakening The Awakening, written by Kate Chopin, tells the story of a woman, Edna Pontellier, who undergoes a transformation from an obedient housewife to a person who is alive with strength, character and emotions which she no longer has to repress. This metamorphosis is shaped by her surroundings. Just as her behavior is more shocking and horrifying because of her position in Grand Isle society, it is that very position which causes her to feel restrained and makes her yearn to rebel. Adel...
  • Joy Edna
    840 words
    The Awakening In the book The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, Edna Pon tellier is an unhappy, married, mother who finds an outlet from her life through a welcoming ocean. ' A certain ungovernable dread hung about her when in water, unless there was a hand nearby that might reach out and reassure her. ' (p. 27) Edna is frightened by the ocean and very overwhelmed by its massive strength. Then she learns to swim and becomes fascinated by what was once an intimidator. 'How easy it is!' It is nothing. ' ...
  • Third Symbolization Of Defeat For Edna
    687 words
    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 ...
  • Symbolic Example Of Edna
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    Books, unlike movies, have been around since the beginning of time. For the most part, they are more meaningful than the movies that are made from these books. This is due to the fact that an author is able to convey his / her message clearer and include things in the book that cannot be exhibited in a movie. For this reason, the reader of the book is much more effected than the viewer of the film. In the novella, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, there is much more evidence of symbolism as well as...
  • Mademoiselle Reisz And Adele Ratignolle
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    The novel, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin is set in the late nineteenth century, in Louisiana. This is a place and time for women to submit themselves to the wants and needs of husbands and families. The protagonist, Edna Pontellier, isn t content with being a mother-woman, one of the ordinary, traditional women who, .".. idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it to a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels" (Chopin 51). Ed...
  • Defiance Of Adele Ratignolle And Mademoiselle Reisz
    943 words
    The Impressionist The opponent has just made his final play. The outcome of the game all depends on the next move. The mind, which was once hazy, is now becoming clearer. The goal is now in focus. She makes her move towards the left and then quickly retreats as though her body were to be sliced in half. She thinks this cannot be right, just because that move works for my teammate does not mean that it is right for me. There are two paths that can be taken to ensure victory or as it seems to the ...
  • Madam Reisz Edna
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    The female hero is sometimes hard to identify in nineteenth century literature, novels that portrayed a woman going against the social normalcy of the time were suppressed and disappeared from print forever. In the novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin however, a true female hero is introduced. Edna Pontellier is a woman who was willing to rebel against society's restraining presence and try and live her own life, something that does not only take strength but courage as well. At the beginning of t...
  • Edna With Strength And Joy
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    Throughout Kate Chopin?'s, The Awakening, numerous scenes of birth and renewal are depicted. Various symbols placed throughout the book show Edna Pontellier's awakenings. For instance, many references are made to oceans and water. It is in the water that Edna has her first rebirth, but it is also the place where she chooses to die. Water symbolizes life, which is the reason that Edna's renewal takes place there, but it also symbolizes darkness and death. Birds, which are featured frequently in t...

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