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Her husband does not appreciate her in that way, as he finds her to be property. Phenix also discusses the portayal of Edna's awakening. She identifies Leonce Pontellier as the typical man of the period, citing from the novel: "He is a businessman, husband and father, not given to romance, not given to much of anything outside his business. It was better for her to at least experience freedom upon death, then never to have experienced it at all. She notes the many ways Edna's independence and sense of self develop throughout the novel. For God's sake! She discovers independence, new sexual tensions, and fulfilled desires, but all of this causes her trouble because as she gains all of that, she starts to go against the norms, and become angry with her marriage, this causes her to go on with her love for Robert and the affair with Arobin. Edna being the main character, we notice her transition the most. Edna wants to become an independent woman. Deslauriers continues on describing how Edna, although unhappy with her marriage and children, still conformed to society's view of what women should and should not do, stating "She was trained not to use her own mind, and taught to be a baby maker, housewife, and beautiful object". Edna refuses to be content with a passionless marraige, despite the status it offers and reprecussions it may have. Also, Leonce, while not able to satisfy Edna, is presented as an idyllic husband, the envy of many other women. Mockingbirds have a reputation as obnoxious birds, and Madame Reisz shares a similar reputation as a rude, ill-tempered woman. It shows the typical man for the era, Leonce Pontieller, who believes that his wife should be under his control and treated more as a piece of property.

Analysis Already Chopin establishes some key symbolism in the novel: Edna is the green-and-yellow parrot telling everyone to "go away, for God's sake. We gather right away that he is a cranky, unsettled, slightly ill-tempered man who does not look kindly on the disorder of animals, women, and children.

She began to look with their own eyes; to see and apprehend the deeper undercurrents of life.

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When Edna swims for the first time, the water is simultaneously symbolic of Edna's new found freedom and awakened sexuality. Copy to Clipboard. Edna then realizes that she can only be truly happy as well "as social and familial obligation" if she takes her own life. Edna adores these feelings of freedom, enjoying a house to herself and also feeling free when she learns how to swim, she however is not able to permanently indulge herself in these freedoms since her gender still had its implications. Similiarly, Madame Reisz is a representation of "what happened in society during the time period if a woman decided to be unconventional". And the characters that create the distinguished female independent roles are Edna and Madame Reisz. As we all know, Edna decides to kill herself and by doing so she does it in the one place that brings her happiness: the sea. Deslauriers notes that Chopin, the author of "The Awakening" uses specific and clever language to add emphasis to Edna's awakening with words like " luminous", and "wakeful". Assignment is flexible and can be used for the whole novel or an excerpt. She not only realizes her emotional desire, but her want for physical attention becomes more apparent.

In the end, Edna's strong connection to the sea, which was the very first thing to give her independence, is now ironically a factor in her suicide. To help disguise these desires, Chopin uses sexual imagery dealing with music.

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Edna and Pontellier are not friends. Edna has no purpose in life and spends her time wandering around like a child, in a mystical, superficial, like trance. Not having a purpose in life aided to the sorrow that Edna would feel and is why she sometimes felt sad for no reason.

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Phenix concludes that just as Edna has defied societal imposition in the novel, Kate Chopin has rebelled against her society with the novel, expressing her feelings of feminism and gender within her work.

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