Leonce Pontellier, Edna's husband, is portrayed as the classic male of the time era and a "businessman twelve years her senior" (Toth). Leonce thinks of Edna to be not much more than another one of his sophisticated belongings and a companion who should be ready and enthusiastic to talk on his level, at any time. In the beginning the novel, Leon...
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...he only way she could free herself from societal limitations was to remove her own self from society completely, and by ending her life.
Just as Edna did not obey to the morals of her peers, Kate Chopin defied her own peers by writing the novel, The Awakening. She uses attitudes of characters in her novel, changes in Edna and then ultimately her suicide to express her own feminist assertions. Chopin was rejected from societies as a result of her resilient feministic point-of-views and her great ability to show them through her writing. In an article written by Katherine Patterson, she explains "Edna Pontellier ultimately fails to overthrow the crushing burdens of a patriarchal society because she fails to turn an introspective eye and take responsibility for her own identity; instead, she simply seeks escape from the oppression she so keenly observes" (Patterson).
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