Characters And Symbolism In Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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Kate Chopin novel, “The Awakening”, it’s title give a huge meaning in the context. According to the new Webster encyclopedic dictionary, awakening meaning “to put into action or new life”. If we think the root of the word “the awakening”, it means to awaken or to awake for a new day. Chopin novels talks about a woman named Edna Pontellier who have awakened to herself. To better understand Chopin novels about Edna’s awakening, Chopin talks about how each the characters in this novel represent Edna’s awakening, the symbolism, and as a part of creole community. To start with this story, Edna Pontellier grow up in Kentucky. Their mother died when they were very young. Edna has two siblings Margaret and Janet. At the age of twenty-eight years old, …show more content…
According to Chopin novel, “They were women who idolized their children, worshipped their husband, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.” (Chopin) As a Creole women, they are expected to entertain their guest and serve the guest. This is what expected to the women of Creole society. Edna became conscious and realized that this kind of culture that she is leaving is what makes her kept from living the life that she wanted. The life of being a free woman who is capable of expressing her emotions without being judge by the society. The life that she is passionately love and to able to express herself as an individual. Symbolism is one of the main factor for Edna’s awakening. Chopin uses a many symbolism in this novel to describe the transformation of Edna from being in a state of unaware to aware of her need in life. One of the symbolism that represent of transformation of Edna is ocean. In Chopin novel, ocean represent brave and strength. Edna overcome her fear from learning how to swim which made her awakened that she can control her mind and body. Chopin writes, “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul”. (Chopin) this is a strong statement due to the fact that it represent Edna’s strength to over come her

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