Edna Essays

  • The Awakening: Edna

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    The Awakening: Edna This is a look at "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin. When you first look at the life of Edna you think there is not much to discuss. Edna is a married woman who at first seems vaguely satisfied with her life--"she grew fond of her husband, realizing with some unaccountable satisfaction that no trace of passion or excessive and fictitious warmth colored her affection, thereby threatening its dissolution." (Chopin, 558). Edna doesn't know what she wants from life. It is evident from

  • Self Discovery In Edna

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    did our people from Grand Isle disappear from the earth?” These lines, which Edna speaks in Chapter XIII, reflect her desire to be isolated with Robert and, thus, free from the restrictions of the society that surrounds them. At the same time, her fantasy that she and Robert have already been left alone as “past relics” evidences the way that her new self-awareness has separated her—dangerously—from reality. Mentally, Edna is already living in her own isolated, island-like, mythical world. She has

  • Analysis Of Edna And Mademoiselle Reisz

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    young woman, entreatingly” (Chopin, 156). The dialogue above takes place between Edna and Mademoiselle Reisz. What is amazing is that it is Mademoiselle Reisz who hears from Robert not Edna. However, the letter from beginning to end is nothing but Edna. In my viewpoint, this letter resembles sunshine sliding into every corner of the heart of Edna as well as the readers. Since the departure of Robert, I am worried for Edna whether Robert would forget her some time later. From this dialogue, the author

  • Edna as a Metaphorical Lesbian in Chopin’s The Awakening

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    Edna as a Metaphorical Lesbian in Chopin’s The Awakening Elizabeth LeBlanc places The Awakening in an interesting context in her essay “The Metaphorical Lesbian,” as gender criticism must, for Chopin wrote the novel at the end of the 19th century, when homosexuality as an identity emerged culturally, at least in terms of the gay male identity, as proffered by Oscar Wilde across the Atlantic. Lesbianism, too, started to make its debut on the cultural stage, particularly in literature. However

  • Edna, the Anti-Mother-Woman in Chopin’s The Awakening

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    Edna, the Anti-Mother-Woman in Chopin’s The Awakening In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman. The mother- women seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle. It was easy to know them, fluttering about with extended, protecting wings, when any harm, real or imaginary, threatened their precious brood. They were women who idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.

  • Edna and Conformity in Chopin’s The Awakening

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    Edna and Conformity in Chopin’s The Awakening The passage of The Awakening which truly marks Edna Pontellier’s new manner of thought regarding her life revolves around her remembrance of a day of her childhood in Kentucky. She describes the scene to Madame Ratigonelle as the two women sit on the beach one summer day. The passage opens with a description of the sea and the sky on that particular day. This day and its components are expressed in lethargic terms such as “idly” and “motionless” and

  • Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls Trilogy

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    Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls Trilogy In all honesty, I chose to read The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien because it was the only text that I could get my hands on. After reading it though, I’m glad I had the luck of choosing it. I realized, while reading the trilogy, that throughout my course of study, I have not read very many female authors. I may have read a few short stories along the way, but most books that I have read for classes and for pleasure have been written by men. I saw

  • Selfish Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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    Selfish Edna Pontellier in The Awakening Could the actions of Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin's novella The Awakening ever be justified? This question could be argued from two different perspectives. The social view of The Awakening would accuse Edna Pontellier of being selfish and unjustified in her actions. Yet, in terms of the story's romanticism, Edna was in many ways an admirable character. She liberated herself from her restraints and achieved nearly all that she desired. Chopin could

  • Edna Pontellier’s Search for Independence in Chopin's The Awakening

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    discover what that truth is and then apply that truth to everyday life.  The life of Edna Pontellier in The Awakening signifies the search, discovery, and application of an individual's deepest truth.  Edna, a wealthy New Orleans housewife, at first attempts to find the deepest truth about herself by conforming to society's norms.  She marries a well-respected man, Leonce, and bears him children.  However, Edna discovers that she wants more out of life; something about her marriage is not allowing

  • The Critics View of Edna Pontellier’s Suicide in The Awakening

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    novel (and in the process the entire novel) and hopefully make the ending less disappointing. Joseph Urgo reads the novel in terms of Edna learning to narrate her own story. He maintains that by the end of the novel she has discovered that her story is "unacceptable in her culture" (23) and in order to get along in that culture she must be silent. Edna rejects this muting of her voice and would, Urgo maintains, rather "extinguish her life than edit her tale" (23). To save herself from an ending

  • The Awakening And Edna Relationship Essay

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    Edna in “The Awakening” portrays almost like a selfish character. Her husband and her have good moments as well as bad moments, and it does not become clear until later in the book what each others intentions are. The relationship between the two is rather odd, and the families of the two disagree with their marriage, even though they have two kids already. Edna is the protagonist of the novel. While Edna and Mr. Pontellier have a "mistaken fancy" of "a sympathy of thought and taste," Edna and Robert

  • The Transformation of Edna Pontellier in The Awakening

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    anything: she did not know what” (Chopin). In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, the reader is introduced to Edna Pontellier, a passionate, rebellious woman. Throughout the novel, it becomes apparent how unsettled Edna feels about her life. The reader can identify this by her thoughts, desires, and actions, which are highly inappropriate for an affluent woman of the time. In the novel, Edna has an awakening and finds the courage to make the changes she sees necessary. Kate Chopin is able to make

  • Edna Pontellier’s Sin in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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    down Christianity opens her up to Biblical criticism. On two occasions, Chopin uses terms probably from the King James Version of the Bible, including the term for Christians as "the salt of the earth" and the "Holy Ghost." According to Chopin, Edna, lulled by the sea into deep self contemplation, "received [from herself] perhaps more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually pleased to vouchsafe to any woman"(Chopin 32). Why did Chopin have to bring the Holy Ghost into this? The Holy Ghost, termed

  • Comparing Edna of Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Nora of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

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    Comparing Edna of Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Nora of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House Kate Chopin's work, The Awakening, and Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, were written at a time when men dominated women in every aspect of life.  Edna Pontellier, the protagonist in The Awakening, and Nora, the protagonist in A Doll's House, are trapped in a world dominated by men.  The assumed superiority of their husbands traps them in their households.  Edna and Nora share many similarities, yet differ

  • Kate Chopin's The Awakening – In Defense of Edna Pontellier

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    The Awakening – In Defense of Edna Does everyone have the right to happiness?  It is stated in the Constitution that we as Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.   In the novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin the main Character Edna has a comfortable life.  A sweet loving husband, cute children, enormous amounts of money and an extremely large house.  Yet with all of this Edna is not fulfilled. Edna never took time to examine her life to see what she wanted

  • growaw Growth of Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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    The Growth of Edna in The Awakening In Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening, Edna Pontellier is forced to strive to fit in with everyone and everything around her. Born and raised in Kentucky, Edna is used to the Southern society, but when she marries Leonce Pontellier, a Catholic and a Creole, and moves to Louisiana with him, her surroundings change a great deal. This makes her feel extremely uncomfortable and confused; she feels as though she has lost her identity along with a great deal of her

  • Comparing Edna Pontellier and Adele in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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    the late 1800s on Grand Isle in Louisiana. The main character of the story is Edna Pontellier who is not a Creole. Other important characters are Adele Ratignolle, Mr. Ratgnolle, Robert Lebrun, and Leonce Pontellier who are all Creole's. In the Creole society the men are dominant. Seldom do the Creole's accept outsiders to their social circle, and women are expected to provide well-kept homes and have many children. Edna and Adele are friends who are very different because of their the way they were

  • Edna Pontellier’s Self-discovery in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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    Self-discovery in Kate Chopin's The Awakening Edna Pontlierre experiences a theme of self-discovery throughout the entire novel of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening.  Within Edna's travel through self discovery,  Chopin successfully uses tone, style, and content to help the reader understand a person challenging the beliefs of  a naïve society at the beginning of the twentieth century.   Chopin's style and tone essentially helps the reader understand the character of Edna and what her surrounding influences

  • growaw Edna Pontellier’s Rebirth in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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    decisions along with my husband, if I decide to marry. In The Awakening, Edna is a married woman who does not want to be a wife or a mother. She is bound to her home and her husband who makes every important decision in their marriage. Mr. Pontellier was a very demanding, know it all, kind of man. He expected his wife Edna to come to him at every beck and call. He never let Edna make any decisions of her own. For example, Edna couldn’t sleep one night, so she grabbed a shawl and sat at on her porch

  • feminaw Rebirth of Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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    Rebirth in The Awakening The time Edna spends in water is a suspension of space and time; this is her first attempt at realizing Robert's impermanence. In a strange way, Edna is taking her self as an object of meditation, where at the extremity of self absorption, she should be able to see through her own selflessness. "As she swam she seemed to be reaching for the unlimited in which to lose herself[emphasis added]" (Chopin 74). Edna has left her earthly existence on the shore and looked forward