Before Edna begins to discover herself, she is caught between her desires to explore herself and her desires more fully and the realities of Victorian womanhood and life. It is not until the first major event in her awakening; the combination of music and a baptismal swim in the ocean that she finally awakens to a much deeper form of self-awareness. She rashly gives up her home and husband and in a second major contribution to her awakening, moves into a home of her own and engages in an affair through which she can explore herself sexually as well as creatively.
Table of Contents Edna Pontellier Edna Pontellier is a respectable woman of the late s who not only acknowledges her sexual desires, but also has the strength and courage to act on them.
Breaking through the role appointed to her by society, she discovers her own identity independent of her husband and children. At the beginning of the novel, Edna exists in a sort of semi-conscious state. Edna has always been a romantic, enamored with a cavalry officer at a very young age, in love with a man visiting a neighboring plantation in her teens, and infatuated with a tragedian as a young woman.
Although she expected her dreams of romance to disappear along with her youth, her fantasies and yearnings only remain latent, re-emerging on Grand Isle in the form of her passion for Robert Lebrun. The people Edna meets and the experiences she has on Grand Isle awaken desires and urges for music, sexual satisfaction, art, and freedom that she can no longer bear to keep hidden.
Like a child, Edna begins to see the world around her with a fresh perspective, forgetting the behavior expected of her and ignoring the effects of her unconventional actions.
Yet Edna is often childish as well as childlike:The Awakening by Kate Chopin, is a story of a woman who breaks free from the restraints put on her by society. During the first part 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.
The Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American .
Edna’s emotional awakening and change in perspective on romance lead to Edna’s final awakening and her death.
Edna begins an emotional awakening when she hears Mademoiselle Reisz play the piano. Edna was, “very fond of music” and musical renditions, sometimes, “evoked pictures in her mind.”.
Mar 26, · Edna’s awakening only begins on the Island and is able to blossom fully when she returns to the city. Grand Isle is where she falls in love with Robert, although she does not admit this until back in the city, and it is where she dies.
Edna's Awakening Unfamiliar Emotions Edna begins to feel an out pour of arousing and sensuous emotions which she could not explain '' Turning she thrust her face, streaming and wet into the bend of her arm, and she went on crying there, not caring any longer to dry her face, her eyes, her arms.
The first and most over-arching example of Edna's awakening comes from her learning to swim. At the start of the novel she is just learning .