She has internalized society's conception of woman as guided by her emotions and not her mind and, therefore, in the search for another man to fill the void of love in her life, lets her goal become clouded instead of learning to depend on herself alone. Edna wants to overcome gender stereotypes, and is already using behaviours such as assertiveness and independence to question them, but the struggle is new to her and she fails to discover a method that would allow her to successfully leave behind society's preconceptions. Martin writes, Ambition, striving, overcoming odds, the focusing of energy on a goal are habits of mind associated with masculine mastery. A woman who wants to develop these skills has to defy a centuries-old tradition of passive femininity[.] .
Ultimately Amanda only cared about herself rather than her children. One of Amanda’s strongest characteristics is being domineering. She focuses mainly on their defaults and errors rather than focusing on how to be supportive and properly guide them as a mother. Any achievement her children would accomplish Laura wouldn’t recognize how skilled and their positive traits they can overcome. Amanda was being pessimistic about Laura’s future when Laura dropped business school and planned her future without hesitating to ask her but instantly assumed she was going to end up being an old maid.
She allowed her need for love to curtail the love her children received from her. Edna was fine without her children,“Their absence was a sort of relief, though she did not admit this, even to herself. It seemed to free her of a responsibility which she had blindly assumed and for which Fate had not fitted her.” Her choice to end her life, and not return to her children was just purely thoughtless. Different from the other women at Grand Isle, Edna attempted to find love outside of her marriage. As she fell in love with Robert she began to put a halt to her present life.
As Edna discovers her own identity, she is met with opposition and misunderstanding. Robert leaving Edna was the last recognition of how alone Edna is in her awakening and how she incapable of living a life of solitude. Edna is isolated from society and tries to develop herself as a person by demanding respect through painting and exploring her sexuality; she realizes that her rebellion is useless. She lacks any agency in her outcome when the world around her is constant in its ways. Edna’s death is a final act of freedom from the constraints of society.
I can't make it more clear; it's only something which I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me….but a woman who would give her life for her children could do no more than that” (Chopin.64). Both Edna and Adele have contrasting ideas about motherhood. Since Adele’s personality causes no cognitive dissonance she has no idea what Edna means when she says she would not give up herself. But while Adele pitys Edna , Edna is also pitying Adele. Because even though Adele is happy and free of anguish Edna is experiencing she lives in this colorless existence unknowingly following a path society said she must.
It is Edna’s inability to reconcile her true self with the woman that society and her husband expect her to be, that leads to her actions in the end. If Edna were a selfish, uncaring woman, she would simply have left her family to pursue her own interests. The stigma this would have placed on her children would have been harsh. It is because she loves her children that she comes to the decision to take her life. She tells Madame Ratignolle, "I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn’t give myself" (80).
She adopted the idea of being a good girl in order to achieve her goal of family life. She wasn’t anymore making choices; it was her will of having that future identity was making all her decision. The idea of a perfect identity and future eventually takes away the freedom of choices, which results in the creation of a fake identity. Bell writes that “Nor did being a good girl ensure that Alicia had satisfying and committed relationships. Alicia was frustrated that she’d ostensibly done the right thing but still ended up with two STDs and without a lasting relationship” (37).
Along the way he cannot control his temper and this personality flaw leads him to his our destruction. Blinded by ignorance and pride drives him to accuse Creon of trying to overthrow him. Sophocles use the blindness of Tiresias to point out the great power behind wisdom and understand through Oedipus situation. He sends the message that wisdom, knowledge are important aspects of life one should have because without them we are we will forced down a path of suffering and destruction. Humans have power when they have knowledge and insight but that power is liable to error because in reality we are all flawed with blindness to the truth and our own destruction can be an inner force that eats us out until we are forced to face the truth.
She surprises the patriarchal society by ignoring her role to play as a wife and mother. The idea of motherhood is a very dominant theme of this book. Edna wants to live with her own identity instead oonly identifying through the role of Raoul and Etienne’s mother and as Leonce Pontellier’s wife. Edna started to notice her desire of a life life of freedom and individuality contradicts society’s expectances of whom she should be. She wants to rebel against society’s imposed beliefs.
In the setting of Kate Chopin's The Awakening, most women have little independence and are expected to be selfless, subservient, child bearing wives. Adèle Ratignolle, the ideal “mother woman” is respected and well loved by society, but she is unable to express herself and is shackled by society's expectations. Mademoiselle Reisz, on the other hand, maintains her independence and freedom to express herself, but at the price of society's acceptance. Throughout her awakening, Edna realizes that in the context of her time, she cannot be respected by society like Adèle Ratignolle, while respecting herself like Mademoiselle Reisz. In The Awakening, women are considered their husband's possession, and are expected to balance the duties of motherhood with their social duties, which entails protecting the family's reputation.