Kate Edpin's Search For Independence Essay

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A Search for Independence in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening
The Awakening by Kate Chopin centers on the Pontellier family – Leonce, his wife Edna, and their two sons, Etienne and Raoul – residing in New Orleans during the end of the 19th century. The family spends their summer vacationing on Grand Isle at a resort ran by Madame Lebrun and her two sons, Robert and Victor. During this time, Edna’s emotions begin to shift as she wrestles with her traditional patriarchy duties and her desire for social freedom. Upon the families return to New Orleans, Edna continues to struggle and reassess various aspects of her life. Throughout the novel, Edna Pontellier searches for independence by isolating herself from society and withdrawing from her traditional duties associated with being a mother and a wife. Her pursuit of independence eventually ends in an act of suicide in the Gulf of Mexico.
Upon the Pontellier’s return to New Orleans, Edna reassesses her perceived social responsibilities and priorities. She begins to realize
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According to Scripture, people were created to be in union with each other. Genesis 2:18 says, “The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” God created people to be in communion with one another, declaring that it is not good for people to be alone or isolated from society. In Matthew Henry’s commentary on Genesis, he comments, “it is not for his comfort; for man is a sociable creature. It is a pleasure to him to exchange knowledge and affection with those of his own kind, to inform and to be informed, to love and to be beloved” (Henry Genesis). Thus, Edna’s inner turmoil and dissatisfaction while searching for independence and freedom is understandable. She isolated and withdrew herself from society, depriving herself of the benefits and need for community with

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