The women choose to conform to society’s expectations of women in the early twentieth century, however; Edna and Nora struggle with who they truly have become inside, until the conflict either consumes them or sets them free. Edna conforms by enduring her husband, Leonce Pontellier; caring for her children and home, and keeping her relationship with Robert discreet throughout the novel. While there is an obvious internal battle between romance, conformity, confusion, and unrealized raw passio... ... middle of paper ... ...alizes that not only can she accept herself, but no one else can, either, and her metamorphosis leaves her imprisoned. Nevertheless, both women realize that they have become something which only society expects of them, nothing that they have selected for themselves. They have become wives and mothers, instead of potentially single, and independent women, and their boxed-in world suffocates them.
Edna Pontellier in The Awakening by Kate Chopin begins the novel in a semiconscious state where she is living the role condemned to her by society of a mother and homemaker. Her progression from a passive woman to a passionate, independent female corresponds to the steps she takes in her “awakening”. As Edna lets go of societal principles and her stereotypical role in the world, Edna creates a new identity away from her family and embodies the “new woman”. She knows she cannot truly escape society which is why she ultimately submits to death. Edna steers her actions by her emotional needs and personal interest causing her to show a complete lack of perception outside of herself.
The protagonist moved out of her husband’s house when she started earning her own money. She was obsessed with the idea of becoming an independent woman, and she only thought that she can only become independent when she is away from her husband. She abandoned Robert her husband and her children in her quest for self actualization. Edna was running away from what the society de... ... middle of paper ... ...d and children, the protagonist wanted more from life and this led to her downfall ultimately. She strayed from her responsibilities as a mother and wife, and embraced her intense desire for self fulfillment which she never got in her relationships.
In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, the proper Creole woman Edna Pontellier moves increasingly away from the social norms of obedience and submission for women, as a mother or a wife; she seeks her freedom by asserting her independence- rather than being a popular and devoted caged bird to her husband and sons, she begins several love affairs and embarks on an artistic, hedonistic lifestyle. However, at the end of the novel, she is unable to convince her love Robert Lebrun to follow her path towards apparent immorality any longer, feels that she has abandoned her children, and goes instead to the sea where the novel begins. There, she sheds her clothing, and is reborn into the sea, where she swims away from shore until she drowns. This suicide is the ultimate reinforcement for the themes of the novel, as Edna seeks the only true freedom from society, and realizes the true nature of her existence. To better display the setting of Edna’s death, Chopin writes “[t]he touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.” (Chopin 176).
In The Awakening, Edna Pontellier demonstrates the unconventional woman and proves that the perspective that society holds of women is stifling, which prompts a woman to sacrifice herself in order to retain her integrity. Leonce’s stifling dominance over Edna pushes her to sacrifice her place in the relationship in order to retain her integrity. When Leonce confronts Edna on the hammock, he gives her many reasons as to why she must go inside the house. Edna does not wish t... ... middle of paper ... ...ited peace. In the novel, Mademoiselle Riesz states, “The artist must possess the courageous soul that dares and defies,” (Chopin).
Edna completes Leonce’s social appearance: having a house, a wife, and children. She cannot escape the unescapable of leaving her husband and for that she buries herself into a bottomless trap hole with her thoughts and feelings of regret and sorrow. Edna’s pitiful thoughts has lead her wanting to destroy something. “… taking off her wedding ring, flung it upon the carpet. When she saw it lying there, she stamped her heel upon it, striving to crush it.” (pg 52) Edna cannot break society rules.
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).
"…Leonce and the children. They were a part of her life. But they need not have thought that they could possess her, body and soul" (Chopin 114). Stuck in a moral battle between her social responsibilities and her passion, Edna realizes that no matter how well she does artistically, society wont accept her new ‘awakened’ state and eventually gives up fighting releasing her soul to the sea.
She is now older, and more mature with a daughter and husband. Daisy can’t and won’t leave her family for some unrealistic relationship with Gatsby. “Gatsby does not seem to realize that his idea of Daisy, whom he weds with a kiss one summer night, has as little bearing on reality as Jay Gatsby does” (Hermanson). Jay Gatsby is completely unaware of the fact that his vision of Daisy is a mere fantasy and is completely unrealistic. He also has an unrealistic vision of her and the kind
Cleofilas is unaware that this mask even exists and tries to make everything as close to how the telenovelas depict how a marriage and wife should be all while losing her true self. She puts aside her true dreams of passion and happiness to satisfy her husband and family. Cleófilas’ lifestyle does not allow her to understand anything outside of what is expected of her. She does not even imagine an enjoyable world as a woman. When she hears of Woman Hollering Creek, something gnaws at her to find out why this woman was hollering.