The Awakening

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“The Awakening”

Edna Pontellier’s action in the novel “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin, could be justified as her being selfish and unjustified in her actions. The story's romanticism changes the outlook of Edna to being an admirable character, in many ways. She emancipated herself from her restraints and achieved nearly all that she desired. Chopin could have used this book to glorify the women of this age, but because of the time period and life styles, most of what was referred to in the story was very straightforward and possible. Therefore, I believe her affairs, treatment of her family and lovers, and suicide were completely unnecessary and, well, idiotic.

People usually look to affairs when their marriage or spouse is not satisfying what the other wants. I think the Pontelliers were searching for someone to fill the love and devotion they were not getting for the other. This was not a justifiable cause for Edna's adultery. Mr. Pontellier was a loving husband who tried to show his love for Edna in all of the ways he could. Léonce bought her gifts and gave her the financial stability that she wanted. He has always had money so, he only knew how to express his love with objects rather than gestures and thoughts. He only fell to such a low standard because of the total lack of emotion from Edna. While this may not be an ideal solution to the problem, Mr. Pontellier tried over and over to fix the marriage they had together, but she would push him away more and more every time he attempted. Even though Edna knows of Mr. Pontellier’s lack of family skills, she is the reason they ended up married. The history of their relationship is far from perfect. Chopin states "her marriage to Léonce Pontellier was purely an accident... He fell in love...and pressed his suit with an earnestness and an ardor which left nothing to be desired. He pleased her; his absolute devotion flattered her" (18). Edna should not have married him unless she was in love with him, she was...
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