Edna Pontellier Essays

  • 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

  • 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

  • growaw Unfulfilled Edna Pontellier of Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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    Unfulfilled Edna of The Awakening As evidenced in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, and other novels of the 1800’s, women writers of this period seem to feel very repressed. Leonce Pontellier seemed to be fond of his wife, and treated her as one would treat a loved pet. In the beginning of the story it describes him as looking at her as a “valuable piece of personal property”. He does not value her fully as a human being more as a piece of property. However, he expects her to be everything he thinks

  • Edna Pontellier and Social Limitations in Kate Chopin's Awakening

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    often tragic endings. Rosowski calls this female awakening "an awakening to limitations" (Bloom 43). Rosowski's reading of the novel emphasizes the role gender plays in shaping a male narrative versus a female narrative. If read as a suicide, then Edna Pontellier's last swim is a consequence of her awakening to the limitations of her femaleness in a male-dominant society. But on a metaphysical level, especially from the Buddhist perspective, The Awakening's final scene can be seen as Edna's ultimate

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

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    an American woman at the turn of the century to find her own identity.  At the beginning of the novel, the protagonist, Edna Pontellier, seems to define her identity in terms of being a wife, a mother and a member of her community.  As the story progresses, Edna seeks to define herself as an individual.  The turning point in her struggle can be seen clearly in a scene in which Edna realizes for the first time that she can swim.  Having struggled to learn to swim for months, she realizes in this scene

  • 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

  • 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

  • Kate Chopin's Awakening - Edna Pontellier as Master of Her Destiny

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    In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, the main character, Edna leaves her husband to find place in the world. Edna believes her new sexually independent power will make her master of her own life. But, as Martin points out, she has overestimated her strength and is still hampered by her "limited ability to direct her energy and to master her emotions" (22). Unfortunately, Edna has been educated too much in the traditions of society and not enough in reason and independent survival, admitting to Robert

  • feminaw Suicide as the Only Alternative for Edna Pontellier in The Awakening

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    Suicide as the Only Alternative in The Awakening In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, the principal character, Edna decides to kill herself rather than to live a lie. It seemed to Kate that the time of her own death was the only thing remaining under her control since society had already decided the rest of her life for her.  Edna was a woman of the wrong times; she wanted her independence and she wanted to be with her lover, Robert.  This type of behavior would never be accepted by the society of

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

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    spite of the expectations society has for her. The book follows Edna Pontellier  as she struggles to find her identity. Edna knows that she cannot be happy filling the role that society has created for her. She did not believe that she could break from this pattern because of the pressures of society. As a result she ends up taking her own life.  However, readers should not sympathize with her for taking her own life. Edna Pontellier was on her way to an awakening. She realized during the book, she

  • 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

  • feminaw Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Edna Pontellier, A Woman Ahead of her Time

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    standard for men and women — was too much to imagine. Kate Chopin’s presentation of the awakening of her heroine, Edna Pontellier, her unblinking recognition that respectable women did indeed have sexual feelings proved too strong for many who read her novel. Love and passion, marriage and independence, freedom and restraint these are themes realized in this story. When Edna Pontellier, the heroine of The Awakening announces “I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my

  • Edna Pontellier Conformity

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    exemplifies this strife through the protagonist of the novella: Edna Pontellier. Edna’s constant external conformity working against her internal questioning illustrates

  • The Awakening by Edna Pontellier

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    The Awakening by Edna Pontellier The Awakening by Kate Chopin introduces the reader to the life of Edna Pontellier, a woman with an independent nature searching for her true identity in a patriarchal society that expects women to be nothing more than devoted wives and nurturing mothers. The Awakening begins in the vacation spot of Grand Isle. At first we believe that Grand Isle is a utopia, wealthy families relaxing at oceanside, but it is here where Edna first begins to realize her unhappiness

  • Edna Pontellier Identity

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    Chopin. The main character, Edna Pontellier, searches for her identity through a series of awakenings. At the same time she tries to open up to her role beyond “mother-woman” and her position in the society. Chopin reveals information about the nature of gender relationships in the Creole society in order to understand Edna’s actions. Readers have to look at characters and their actions in order to reach the true heart of the story. Throughout the novel Edna Pontellier is searching for her identity

  • Edna Pontellier Diction

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    characters they imagined. Classic novelist Kate Chopin chose the latter path in fabricating the complex character of Edna Pontellier – a young married woman drowning in the

  • The Life Of Edna Pontellier In The Awakening

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    journey into the life of, Edna Pontellier, a nineteenth century middle aged woman who consistently struggles with an identity crisis, her feministic ways, and suicidal tendencies. This novel takes place in two Louisiana locales: Grand Isle and New Orleans. Edna and her husband are made to have a “traditional marriage”, one where Edna is expected to solely take care of her two children and husband, instead of following any possible pursuits of happiness. This causes Edna to feel dissatisfied with

  • Essay On Edna Pontellier In The Awakening

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    In the deep abyss of Kate Chopin’s mind, Edna Pontellier was created. In Chopin’s story, The Awakening, Edna is a married mother of the late 1800s who goes through a series of events that lead up to her final decision; she had a husband who cared for her but was vigilant of her actions, children that did as they pleased because she was carefree, and friends who supported her throughout the whole ordeal by being by her side and trying to understand her standpoint on life. She has a turbulence of emotions

  • Suicide in Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening

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    sexuality, and her self worth in an unromantic marriage. The author, through three major actions, shows the successful and triumphant "awakening" of Edna Pontellier. Edna's change in character unravels as she takes up painting, moves into her own house, and eventually commits suicide. As the story unfolds, we learn that, although Edna Pontellier lives in relative luxury in the French Quarter of New Orleans with a successful businessman for a husband and two young boys, she is unhappy about the