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    Chopin uses the Grand Isles as one of the main settings where Edna finds herself. The Grand Isles is where Edna and her husband take a little vacation with their two kids. Her husband is mostly away working so Edna always found time for herself. With this extra time Edna was able to spend a lot of her time with her best friend who are completely different, Adele Ratignolle. As Edna spends more and more of her time with Adele she gets to see what life with freedom is like. In the Grand Isles most of the people there are Creole. Creole people are more open then Edna has ever seen where she lives. Edna seeing this makes her become more exposed to a less prudish lifestyle which she seems to like. With Edna hanging out with Adele so much it opens…

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    Kate Chopin, in her short story The Awakening, vividly describes the timeline of Edna from her immediate arrival in New Orleans, to the beginnings of her culture shock and awakening, to her tragic suicide. Upon her arrival to Grand Isle Resort in New Orleans she meets Robert and Madame Ratignolle, both of whom take her breath away, or as the book puts it “left her stunned in amazement”. Compared to her life growing up in the slower small towns of Kentucky, the upbeat large city of New Orleans…

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    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…

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    XXIX, this same quote is repeated about the sea: “The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soil to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude.” The water beckons for her to return to it, and in ending her life she forms an eternal bond (?). Increasing solitude would be an accurate description of Edna’s life after her summer at Grand Isle. She leaves the norms of society (like her swimming group in Chapter X) and ventures further out alone.…

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    Rebelling against custom and power; with a challenging which we can strong comprehend today; with an uncompromising genuineness and no hint of sentimentality, she attempted to give the unsparing truth about lady's submerged life. She was something of a pioneer in the flippant treatment of sexuality, of separation, and of lady's inclination for an existential legitimacy. She is in numerous regards a cutting edge author, especially in her attention to the complexities of truth and the confusions…

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    noise of the mockingbird and parrot. He also does not love his wife, as seen when he states that she is sunburnt and looks “at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage (Chopin 2). He does not bother to ask if she is in any pain, but rather makes a snarky comment. Even though he can tell that his wife takes interest in young Robert, he does not care about their friendship and tells his wife, “Well, send him about his business when he bores you,…

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    during this time period and seeks a new way of living through the inner Edna. In Edna's "inward life which questions" (13), she is continuously questioning her existence within her current society and cannot conform to the ideal image in which women like Adele represent. Contrasting Adele, however, Edna is introduced early on in the novel to Mademoiselle Reisz, who acts as the polar opposite to the role Adele's character plays throughout the novel. Reisz, a talented pianist, is unmarried and…

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    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…

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    and overpowering her, ‘Good-by because I love you’ [Edna’s true love, Robert] would never understand. Perhaps Doctor Mandelet would have understood if she had seen him- but it was too late; the shore was far behind her, and her strength was gone” (Chopin 136). It can be inferred that Edna had taken her own life in the last pages The Awakening. Events such as the one depicted are mainly driven and encouraged by her impulsive and emotional decisions throughout this period of realization followed…

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    The Yellow Wallpaper symbolizes her feelings with the woman hiding behind the wallpaper. She found pleasure in investigating the wallpaper and using her imagination so much that at some point she did not want to leave the nursery stating, "I don 't want to go outside" (Gilman, 2012). By the same token, Edna symbolizes her spirit with the ocean and caged birds. At the very beginning of The Awakening the caged birds state, "Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That 's all right!" which…

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