Edna's relationship with Robert, and her rejection of the role dictated to her by society, resulted in her perceiving suicide to be the only solution to her problems. Critics of Kate Chopin's The Awakening tend to read the novel as the dramatization of a woman's struggle to achieve selfhood--a struggle doomed failure either because the patriarchal conventions of her society restrict freedom, or because the ideal of selfhood that she pursue is a masculine defined one that allows for none of the physical and undeniable claims which maternity makes upon women. Ultimately. in both views, Edna Pontellier ends her life because she cannot have it both ways: given her time, place, and notion of self, she cannot be a mother and have a self. (Simons) Edna Pontellier could not have what she wanted.
When she arrived home, she “felt depressed rather than soothed” (75). She then goes on and “st[omps] upon her wedding ring” (76). This symbolizes Edna’s desire to escape from marriage altogether, but her inability to crush the ring shows her powerlessness to break free from her imprisonment. Edna breaks through the role given to her by society; she learns her own identity independent of her husband and children. Edna later realizes that she cannot be the same as Mademoiselle Reisz.
The selfishness of Sethe's act lies in her refusal to accept personal responsibility for her baby's death. Sethe's motivation is dichotomous in that she displays her love by mercifully sparing her daughter from a horrific life, yet Sethe refuses to acknowledge that her show of mercy is also murder. Throughout Beloved, Sethe's character consistently displays the duplistic nature of her actions. Not long after Sethe's reunion with Paul D. she describes her reaction to School Teacher's arrival: "Oh, no. I wasn't going back there[Sweet Home].
When she threatened to no longer have free will due to blackmail from the Judge, Hedda felt that is was more important to remain free and under the influence of no one than continue her life. Another controversial topic from the play is whether she was pregnant. Many women did not like Hedda to begin with because of how manipulative and deceiving she was; she was a femme fatale from 1890. When the play hinted that she might be pregnant, the ending of Hedda killing herself, and ultimately her baby, did not sit well with women. The fact that she could have been pregnant and never gave that baby a chance to live made her decision to kill herself even more selfish that it already was.
There is hardly an aspect of Anna’s story that isn’t affected by her free will over the predetermined norms of society and life, but for that she pays the price. In his novel Tolstoy said that his task was to make this woman just pathetic and not guilty. Karenina concluded her free will act by committing the suicide. This was her answer to the challenge of alienation by her lover and high society. The image of Anna Karenina is so illogical and wrong in terms, that the surrounding society does not find an answer to the question, ''Why should I look for more?''.
The final resolve of her “awakening” to her desires, her ultimate suicide, is not an honorable position that women should strive toward as a romantic ideal because her desires were hopeless in her situation. Through Edna’s striving for personal satisfaction, she loses the joys that daily life has to offer. Theoretically, Edna’s need to fulfill her personal desires is the cause of her demise. Edna chooses to associate and be enamored with Robert. In doing so, Edna begins to step farther and farther away from her family and sees their needs less clearly.
The abandonment of her children through death leaves no chance for Nora to be able to reconnect with them like she would be able to if she were to strike out on her own looking for her independence. Nora’s children would have psychological problems that would leave them emotionally damaged and leave them with enormous guilt. Suicide presents the same problem the ending in which Nora stays with her family does, reinforcing the role of women as being repressed and controlled by a patriarchal society. This alternate ending does not highlight the message Ibsen was trying to portray like Ibsen’s original
To my mind, it only shows that she couldn't see any way out of the misery and she chose the suicide to protect her kids from social problems. There is no objective answer to the question: Edna's suicide, failure or success? Both of the answers make sense and for both answers you will find reasons. I think that her suicide shows that she failed. The society was simply not ready for her revolutionary ideas.
I wish I were dead! Like them” (294-295). Although the mother’s words are unkind, Jing Mei ultimately crosses the line, thus creating a fracture in their relationship that she believes will never be mended. In Jing Mei’s child perception, she believes that because her mother stops pushing her to play piano after this, she really wishes her two babies were here instead of Jing Mei. Jing Mei cannot begin to understand what an ideal mother is, because of the complexity of humans.
united, if he did" (115). Edna reveals early in the story that she was not passionately in love with her husband when she married him, ... ... middle of paper ... ...ife. If Edna could only be content to be just a wife and mother, to find true happiness in this, she could resolve the conflict in her marriage. This is not possible for Edna. 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.