Essay on The Awakening, By Edna

1085 Words Apr 1st, 2016 5 Pages
As one becomes a mother, she is expected to nurture and raise her children and at the same time sentenced to maintain her family’s reputation in society. When a woman neglects her motherly and wifely duties society is out to criticize the inhumane action. In The Awakening, Edna Pontellier’s dereliction of her duty as a mother to her two children and wife to Leonce is chastised by those around her. Her denial leads to the assumption that she is a terrible mother whose impertinence is a threat to society. While society views Edna’s rejection to motherhood as immoral, her unwillingness to give up herself leads to her final act of love, for her children she was willing to sacrifice her life. Edna’s awakening was the birth of her rebellion towards her societal role as a mother-woman, where she regains control of her body and mind. Her first swam at sea “like the little tottering, stumbling, clutching child, who of a sudden realises its powers and walks for the first time alone,” marks the awakening of her internal strength (47). Adele is a role model of what a perfect mother-woman would be like who “idolized their children, [and] worshipped their husbands” (16). As a mother-woman, she entertains her guest and family with the piano, as she insists it brightens up her home. In contrast to Adele, Mademoiselle Reisz is a free spirit who 's considered a true artist. As a woman with no romantic past along with unappealing looks, she defies the standards for women created by society.…

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