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    of the story, Edna was a normal wife and mother; she was restricted to her stereotype and expected to stay at home, be loyal to her husband, and care for her children. As the story progresses and Edna redefines herself, we eventually are reading about a new character entirely. She ignores the internalized concept of being a mother and wife and becomes a new woman. She cheats on her husband, disregards her children, and defies her societal expectations. At the end of the story, Edna Pontellier commits

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    resolution to Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, an anonymous figure once stated, “A defeat and a regression, rooted in a self-annihilating instinct, in a romantic incapacity to accommodate to the limits of reality.” The main protagonist of The Awakening, Edna Pontellier, is initially met with joy and excitement with her transition from complacency and dissatisfaction to newfound independence and self-expression. However, as the anonymously declared statement implies, signs that appear throughout the story

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    Streets, who grows up in the slums of New York City. Edna Pontellier from Kate Chopin's The Awakening lives a life of extravagance and wealth but still ends up dying a sad and lonely death because she makes poor decisions. Maggie also dies in a tragic death, but not because of bad choices, but because of the situation she finds herself in throughout her life. Maggie's situation turns her into a victim and facilitates her tragic death while Edna makes herself into a victim and causes her own death

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    while a third may act the process out. One can also combine all these methods in one to give an effective explanation. Similarly, authors use many different techniques to establish one purpose. In this passage, Chopin achieves her goal of defining Edna Pontellier as a woman who is the opposite of what society expects her to be, an ideal mother-woman, through the description of character action, Edna's interaction with other characters, and the use of organization and circular structure. Chopin

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    A Futile Awakening

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    strength and courage required for a woman to remain true to her convictions. Most studies of The Awakening focus on Edna Pontellier's newly emerged awareness and struggle against the societal forces that repress her. However, they ignore the weaknesses in Edna that prevented her from achieving the personal autonomy that she glimpsed during her periods of "awakening." The character of Edna Pontellier, therefore, is also an insightful study of the weaknesses that prevent a woman of any era from progressing

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    Fulfillment of desire has always been a popular theme in novels, plays and short stories because it has been undeniable and problematic in women throughout history. Novels such as The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, as well as plays like A Streetcar Named Desire and "Portrait of a Madonna," by Tennessee Williams, often show what society would ensure happened to these women if they were ever to follow through and try to fulfill their desires, be them sexual desires or otherwise. According to this novels

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    The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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    Awakening in 1889, but it was quickly condemned after she had written it. The unsettling material within it brought her writing career to a quick halt. People were accustomed to romantic fiction and were greatly disturbed by Chopin’s female protagonist, Edna Pontellier, because of her scandalous affairs she had with other men outside of her marriage. Chopin died on August 22nd, 1904 from a cerebral hemorrhage, so she never experienced people admiring her novel. It was not until the 1960s when 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

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    Robert Olen Butler’s Mr. Spaceman, an extraterrestrial visits Earth with a mission. He is running out of time, but his earthling wife, Edna Bradshaw, helps him along the way. Edna is a former hairdresser. She is in her early 40s and has large breasts. She has many Southern old-fashioned traits. The alien’s name cannot be pronounced by Earthlings; therefore, Edna assigns him the name Desi. Desi is a very empathetic creature. His extensive study of media and pop culture causes him to talk in slogans

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    The Awakening

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    depicted. Various symbols placed throughout the book show Edna Pontellier’s awakenings. For instance, many references are made to oceans and water. It is in the water that Edna has her first rebirth, but it is also the place where she chooses to die. Water symbolizes life, which is the reason that Edna’s renewal takes place there, but it also symbolizes darkness and death. Birds, which are featured frequently in the story, symbolize Edna, and in many cases they foreshadow what’s to become of her

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