The Character Of Edna Pontellier In The Awakening

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Author Kate Chopin and her award winning book The Awakening, give us the audience a compelling ending that provoked some confusion. The main character Edna Pontellier lives by society’s rules and constraints; she wants to be free and live the life she believes she has always wanted. Consequently, living during a time when women are under the husbands’ authority and only tend to their children; she broadens her wings to their maximum length. When Edna realized she opened them too far and could not turn back, she turned to suicide. Nevertheless, Edna Pontellier took her life as an act of liberation for herself; she does not like being under society’s rules, but she knew she would never be able to live a different life.
To begin with, during the Victorian era women need to not display their skin according to society; keeping their cleavage to a minimum. According to society, the darker you
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Sadly, Edna never experienced what having that mother figure was. Accordingly, Chopin states, “Even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself” (16). Ordinarily, Edna is a woman who never has interacted with people like she should, she did not have a normal childhood, but even as an adult she only talks normally to a few people. In Bird’s article she states, “Edna’s mother died when she was very young, and she is raised by her emotionless sister”. Moreover, Bird believes the reason Edna does not desire to be a great mother is because she never had one; her sister raised her which deafeningly is not having the mother figure since her sister has no emotions. With all the confusion and chaos that Edna suffers about being a bad mother, Edna bounces back and forth between trying and giving up, but eventually learns motherhood is not meant for

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