Essay about The Awakening By Kate Chopin

776 Words Jul 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening is primarily about the limitations and struggles of women in the 1800’s, however; it seems conceivable that Edna suffered from psychological issues (Ryan). She had the same limitations and struggles that all women had at the time, but her coping skills seem to be debilitated. It is common knowledge that early childhood experiences shape adult lives. Considering that Edna lost her mother at an early age and was raised solely by a cold and strict father, her childhood was lacking love and attachment. Chopin uses a limited, third person narration to provide insight into Edna’s mental state. The trauma from Edna’s childhood carries over into adulthood resulting in depression, selfishness, and hopelessness. Depression is evident throughout the novel. Edna admits to having doleful moods and periods of despondency that she is unable to fully understand or control. Edna has a tearful outburst on the front porch at Grand Isle. The narrator explains “An indescribable oppression, which seemed to generate in some unfamiliar part of her consciousness, filled her whole being with a vague anguish.” (Chopin 9). Anguish is a strong word that describes a feeling that is more than sadness. Potentially due to unmet needs in her childhood, she was haunted and plagued with a life of dejection. (Ryan) Moreover, when a person is lacking essential human needs they are basically injured and broken, and will have difficulty thriving in life. (Elz) The narrator…

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