The very nature of the sea is cyclical. Immediately, this image calls to mind the idea of a woman. Like the sea, women’s bodies work in a rotation of phases. Specifically in the case of Edna, her own journey is a giant cycle. At the open of the novel, Edna is the picture of a perfect wife, dutifully bending to the will of her husband and never challenging the role she was expected to fulfill. The novel, however, is “an account of Edna’s rite de passage—her movement out of ignorance into knowledge” (Unger 221). Even before she is truly awakened, Edna is “beginning to realize her position in life as a human being” and she realizes that she has two distinctly different personalities; “the outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions” (Chopin 14). Though the ability to question is a recognizable force within Edna, she lacks the ability to act on her tend...
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