The Symbols Of Edna Pontellier's The Awakening

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Throughout this book, there are many examples of different kind of awakenings, starting off with Edna awakening herself as an artist when she begins her painting career, here realization that she appreciates the music up to the point until she wakens to kind herself unfulfilled. Edna is not only waking up to understand herself as a human beings, and a woman who is not happy in a mans world he also awakens herself as a sexual being. For this essay I am going to focus on the stages that Edna has gone through in order to find her independence, and her struggle against society. There is a deeper meaning in this story and a number of important symbols that make a connection between Edna and her awakening in a mans world. In the society which …show more content…
This book explores one woman’s desire to find and live her life fully within her true self. Edna is devoted to the purpose even if it does cause friction and conflict between her family and friends. Edna Pontellier’s story begins to take place in the 1890’s Louisiana, her husband, two children and herself are vacationing for the summer on Grand Isle. They are staying at a pension which is like a boarding house where families have their own cottage, and eat together in a main dinning hall with other families. Another family that is staying at the pension is the Ratignolle family; Madame Ratignolle is a close friend of Edna’s, she is defined as a “mother-women” who is sacrificing herself to be devoted to care for her husband, children and household. The next character that comes along is Mademoiselle Reisz, who is described as a pianist she is also vacationing Grand Isle, even though Mademosielle Reisz often times offends others around her she becomes fond of Edna, and they become friends. Her first piano performance is what brings Edna into her awakening for the passion of music. As the story continues Edna meets a young man named Robert Leburn, he is a man who throws himself at different woman each summer season who are usually married in a sort of mock to romance, and the summer that …show more content…
She strips down to her birth day suite and goes skinny dipping. She swims out further than she has ever been before and ends up drowning. To conclusion there is no real hints that Edna had any motives to commit suicide and that question remains unanswered. There is a possibility that Edna did want to commit suicide, on account of everything that was going on in her life throughout her awakening, although on the other hand there 's always that question as to why she told her friends and family that she would be back, or even tell them where she as going. That is a question that may never be answered, through all the awakenings that Edna had gone through she did not realize the true thing that she needed to awake from was her own dream. She was not focusing on her children, and was only focused on her own selfish desires. By the time she did awake from her selfish dream and realize that she needed to focus on her two sons it was to

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