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  • Suicide Throughout The Novel In The End
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    What is suicide " (Suicide is) the act of self-destruction by a person sound in mind and capable of measuring his (or her) moral responsibility" (Webster 1705). "No one really knows why human beings commit suicide. Indeed, the very person who takes his (or her) own life may be least aware at the moment of decision of the essence of his (or her) reasons and emotions for doing so. At the outset, it can be said that a dozen individuals can kill themselves and "do" (or commit) 12 psychologically dif...
  • Strong Contribution To Edna's Suicide
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    Suicide In The Late 1800 S As It Relates To The Protagonist In Kate Chopin's The Awakening Suicide by Artists in the Late 19th century In the 19th century behavioral and social problems such as problems in the home, intense worries, misery and inebriation were among some of the reasons for artists to commit suicide. Other strong contributions to suicide included social disorganization and alienation. Furthermore, people believed that the denial of the will to live could be found in the fact that...
  • Edna's Affair With Arobin
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    Was isolation the key to a woman's independence in the 19th Century Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening, presents women as helpless creatures who are subject to all means besides personal beliefs. The main character, Edna Pontellier, strives to find the self-independence that she deems necessary. Through many attempts of evolution, Edna finds the worst to be her escape. Edna's suicide is the last, and perhaps best, choice she makes for herself. The choice of suicide is brought upon Mrs. Pontellie...
  • 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's Sweeping Passion Later In The Novel
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    When Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" was published at the end of the 19th Century, many reviewers took issue with what they perceived to be the author's defiance of Victorian proprieties, but it is this very defiance with which has been responsible for the revival in the interest of the novel today. This factor is borne out by Chopin's own words throughout her Preface -- where she indicates that women were not recipients of equal treatment. (Chopin, Preface) Edna takes her own life at the book's e...

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