Her suicide gives her the power, the dignity, the self-possession of a tragic heroine. Her suicide is the crowning glory of her development from the bewilderment which accompanied her early emancipation to the clarity with which she understands her own nature and the possibilities of her life as she decides to end it." In Edna's view, she commits suicide because she feels like a possession of her husband, of her children, and of her society. Although suicide is usually seen as a form of defeat, sees her case as a dignified act. Edna chooses her suicide as a way to escape to a better
She does not fear being alone, she is afraid of being without herself. It is also revealed that her society is often against her self-discovering favoring a more traditional female role. In its final scene, The Awakening offers readers a more complex method to obtain freedom, death. Edna’s suicide reveals her final awakening, breaking free from all the pressures that bind her. Edna’s awakenings in Grand Isle and in New Orleans set her up for failure by forcing her to understand her lack of options.
Thus, she chooses to use Clarissa Dalloway to represent the life she aspires to have, and chooses that Septimus instead be the misunderstood genius who sacrifices his life. Ironically, both characters represent her inner conflict, and unable to resolve that conflict, she does indeed commit suicide to relieve both herself and her husband. Laura, Clarissa, and Richard each struggle in some way to cope with their mundane existences. Death, both in a literal and metaphorical sense, becomes their method for liberating themselves from such a life. They hope that this death will either bring new life to them or to the people they love most dearly.
Secondly, Ophelia’s surrender to her imminent fate also echoes her unstable, manipulative, and emotional abusive relationship with Hamlet and the hierarchy in her dynamic, as she always obeys without hesitation. Regardless of how Ophelia’s death began, the result was a suicide, as the pure (graceful), serene, and beautiful imagery of her suicide implies that her death was a last effort to recover her dignity, rebel against her oppressors, and exert her free will. For Ophelia, a life of oppression and blind obedience drove her to a frailty of mind, and in her last moments, she chose death over dishonor to defeat the inner demons threatening to condemn her to an otherwise hopeless existence.
However, it isn’t until she commits suicide after her doubts are confirmed that her suffering finally adds deeper layers to the tragedy. During her fight with Oedipus, Jocasta says, “Stop- in the name of god, if you love your own life, call off this search! My suffering is enough” (222). This statement verifies that Jocasta already knew the truth about who Oedipus really was. She just wanted Oedipus to call off his search for the truth so that her suspicions couldn’t be confirmed and she could live in an eternal state of denial.
Hedda’s beautiful illusion lives through the life of Eilert Løvborg. He re... ... middle of paper ... ...being a wife, a proper young woman, and now a impending affair with Judge Brack. She created the created this illusion out of desperation for an escape from reality and now without it she feels as though there is no way to break away from all she finds ugly. As a result Hedda shoots herself in the temple to free herself. It is kind of ironic that she constructs this beautiful illusion on Eilert Løvborg taking his life and sees it is a great act of courage but when she commits suicide it is not out of courage but cowardice.
Nora faced her obstacles with determination, so she ended up living the life that she desired where as Hedda’s cowardice engulfed her and caused her to commit suicide; therefore, ending her life full of potential happiness and independence. Ultimately, the reader views Nora as the more fortitudinous protagonist compared to Hedda because Nora faced her obstacles with courage instead of with cowardice like Hedda. Works Cited A tale of two cities
Just before Edna committed suicide she was think... ... middle of paper ... ... a defeat that involves no surrender” (Treu 22). Edna’s suicide can also be seen as giving herself to the voice of the sea, rather than the magian powers of Doctor Mandelet and her father (Treu 27). Kate Chopin left the end up to let ones imagination run free with all the different possibilities to Edna’s suicide and why she would commit suicide. In The Awakening Edna had key factors in the risk of committing suicide. She was hopeless, impulsive, and aggressive, had severe losses, and was in the cluster B personality group.
After Joan commits suicide, Esther believes that unless she turns her life around, she will also commit suicide. Esther saw so much of herself in Joan, that when Joan ended her life she was frightened that she would follow in her footsteps, due to the fact that she had throughout the entire novel. Once Joan was gone, Esther was truly free. The part of Joan that was reflected in Esther vanished. The “bell jar” that had been suffocating her was finally lifted.
Lady Macbeth committed suicide in order for her soul to be discharged from the torturous feelings of fear and guilt and finally manage to sleep, indefinitely. In conclusion, aiming to encourage her husband to proceed with her vicious plans, she applies a mask on her character and goes through most of the play pretending to be someone she is not. This attempt of hers had disastrous consequences that led her to a dead end with suicide being her single and last chance of escaping. Maybe if Lady Macbeth had not taken the three witches’ words so seriously she, most certainly, would have saved her husband and herself from their otherwise inevitable downfall. Was it not for the deeper and deeper immersion into her dark thoughts, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth would have continued being a couple for years to come.