Over and above that, she did appreciate the modest wealth and comfort the marriage with Leonce provided her with. She could not bear to live a life without means. And, moreover, to succeed, the artist must possess the courageous soul Isolation and sexual abstinence is the only viable alternative, but Edna cannot endure a solitary life. She is not strong enough to live under the austere tutelage of Mlle Reisz. None of the offered options is bearable for Edna , therefore she makes true what she predicted and gives up what is unessential to her - her life. Shortly before her suicide Edna witnesses Adele Ratignolle giving birth.
She is reminded of her own birth - experience when she sees how the other woman suffers. The children - her own children - try to possess their mothers - her - wholly. But she knew a way to elude them. The story of the novel takes place within 9 months. The meaning of the sea in the novel has to be examined to show how Edna is finally able to save her essential inner-self despite the fact that she is not able to find a way to go on with her life.
In general, water is a symbol for spiritual rebirth, cleaning ones body and soul, renewing and awakening. The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace. These words appear at two places in the novel: both in the beginning p. Within these two appearances the meaning of the sea gains importance for Edna. Not only does she - at the age of 28 - finally learn to swim but also comes the idea to her mind that there might be something different in life than what she has experienced so far.
The sea gives her the opportunity to actually feel free for the first time in her life.
In the end, however, this image of liberation is brought to its climax: the sea is used to fulfill the ultimate liberation: not only to liberate but to escape from the society that is not yet ready for the kind of woman Edna has developed into. The sea is now her instrument to achieve this ultimate realization of her liberation-process: to give up the unessential - her life. This final act enables her to preserve the essential part of herself: her personality, her inner-self, that now would never be submissive to others.
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K Anna Kimmerle Author. Add to cart. She actually has to choose what to give up in the situation she finds herself in by the end of the novel: She lives in a society that dictates her how and what to be, namely a so called mother- woman, described as following: The mother - women seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle. Leonce Pontellier comes home at eleven o'clock at night delighted with his evening of games, spirits, and winnings.
He is extremely talkative and cannot understand why his wife cares so little about his night. He goes into the boys' room to see them sleeping and believes Raoul to have a fever. When Edna explains that they are perfectly healthy and happy, he erupts with anger, blaming her for being inattentive and a bad mother. If it was not a mother's place to look after children, whose on earth was it? Edna storms out of the room, ignoring Leonce's words, and begins to cry mercilessly.
She cannot explain why her crying does not stop, for she understands that it is common in marriage. She feels an indescribable oppression come over her and allows herself to cry alone, with mosquitoes biting her entire body. The following morning, Leonce awakens early - and in good spirits - to return to the city and Carondelet Street for work. He will not return to the cottages until the next Saturday.
Who can tell what metals the gods use in forging the subtle bond which we call sympathy, which we might as well call love. Martin, Wendy, ed. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life - that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions. The story of the novel takes place within 9 months. She gathered together stray garments that were hanging on the backs of chairs, and put each where it belonged in closet or bureau drawer.
He gives Edna the money from Klein's and leaves. Within several days, Edna receives a package of fruits and candies from Leonce, garnering an anonymous outpouring of praise for the supposed best husband in the world - Leonce. Browse all BookRags Book Notes. Copyrights The Awakening from BookRags. All rights reserved. Toggle navigation.
Sign In. Get The Awakening from Amazon. This paper will discuss author Kate Chopin's use of description in her novel, The Awakening. The paper will place particular emphasis upon the metaphorical relationship which Chopin has created between the novel's protagonist, Edna Pontellier, and nature.
We first meet Mrs. Pontellier as she approaches her summer cottage from the beach at Grand Isle. She is revealed to the reader through the eyes of Mr. Pontellier, her husband, as he watches her white sunshade "advancing at a snail's pace from the beach" 6. Edna Pontellier is thus identified with nature from the very moment she is introduced into the book.
Kate Chopin goes on to describe the natural beauty of the setting: Edna and Robert Lebrun walk "between the gaunt trunks of the water oaks and across the stretch of yellow camomile. The gulf looked far away, melting hazily into the blue of the horizon" Chopin 7. The association of Edna Pontellier with nature stands in sharp contrast to the relationship which her husband, Mr.