Despite her being fast asleep, he is discouraged "that his wife, who was the sole object of his existence, evinced so little interest in things which concerned him and valued so little his conversation. Very early in the novel, when Leonce returns home late from his club, he wakes Edna up with his noise and chatter. In order to compel her to get up, it seems, he then seemingly makes up a story about their son, Raoul, being sick. When Edna reassures him that the boy is fine, "he reproached his wife with her inattention, her habitual neglect of the children.
The movement of the protagonist between island and city life allows the character to fully explore the internal conflict that she is experiencing throughout the novel. From the map shown below it is possible to see firstly where the island are in relation to New Orleans; and secondly where the characters live in the French Quarter, by zooming in and out.
These islands are fairly isolated from the mainland and a boat is needed to get there. The inhabitants have to wait a couple of days for newspapers to arrive from the city. Vacation life on Grand Isle is slow-paced, and activities revolve around walking, bathing and eating. All of the holiday-makers on Grand Isle live in the wealthy area of the Quartier Francais.
Although the characters reside on Grand Isle, the nearby islands of Grande Terre and Cheniere Caminada provide diversion. The trip to Cheniere Caminada is a turning point in the novel. Although Edna and Robert have been alone before, this time they physically leave Grand Isle and have the entire day together.
After this day together Robert realizes that he is in love with Edna; feeling guilty he invents an excuse to leave: Robert uses Mexico as an escape from his feelings. He later claims that he left Grand Isle because he knew that there was no hope while Edna was married to Leonce Pontellier.
It seems that Robert again comes to his senses and realizes the futility of their relationship, and that is why he leaves her a second time.
Set in the s, The Awakening was published 6 years after a hurricane when the island was completely desolate. Chopin used to vacation on Grand Isle, and was able to use her own memories of her vacations in order to build a picturesque description of the area.
Edna went to Cheniere Caminada to attend church but left part way through the service with Robert. This abandonment of a group activity took place so that Edna could finally be alone with Robert.
This photograph of Our Lady of Lourdes was taken in2 years before the hurricane destroyed it. 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.
In contrast in New Orleans she is able to assert herself and take care of her own needs and priorities. Although she cares for her children in theory, Edna is not a particularly attentive mother, and it is this quality that sets her aside from other characters.
She is an ambivalent mother and varies between expressing maternal feelings, and rejecting her children entirely. By the end of the novel Edna is exhausted by being constantly relied on, and being a figure of support for the male characters in her life.
As she begins to swim out to sea, she ponders the reliance that her children expressed towards her. Although she loves her children, she loves herself more, and cannot see a way out of her own predicament, other than inevitable death.The Awakening by Kate Chopin Thesis Statement “The Awakening beautifully illustrates a variety of feminist concerns: the clash between individual freedom and social duty”.
Analysis Although Léonce does not exhibit any hostility toward Edna on this day, Edna feels hostility emanating from all she sees — "the children, the fruit vender, the flowers were all part and parcel of an alien world which had suddenly become antagonistic" to her independent spirit.
Apr 10, · Novel ~ THE AWAKENING. Author ~ KATE CHOPIN. First published in , The Awakening, is a novel written by Kate Chopin, which was initially titled A SOLITARY SOUL.
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Marriage is a huge commitment, and people are so happy when they are married. However, not for Edna, she wants to be independent and with another man. Edna feels as if she has the ability to make her own decisions, and is free to do whatever she pleases.
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The parrot being caged symbolizes Edna living in a society and a marriage where she is constraint and cannot be free to express herself. Edna is not understood by people and is not being heard. All her cries for help are falling upon deaf ears in a sense.