The Awakening: A Woman's Fight for Independence Essay

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The Awakening: A Woman's Fight for Independence


Right from the beginning the plot is almost conveniently evident. You find a woman, Edna
Pontellier, tired of living her life as a pampered and "owned" wife and mother. She is
searching for much more in her life, some sort of meaning for her whole existence. She
searches for a long time but in the end, the inevitability of her life's pattern and
direction wraps around her, suffocating her. She is overcome with wonder, confusion, and
guilt for what she believes and what she does to express her beliefs. She finally finds a
way to beat the "proper" 1890's lifestyle by committing suicide. During this story Edna
struggles with three main opposing powers. First, there is the society's opinion of what a
woman's "roles" in life was and how they should act, look, and feel. Second, is her
independent nature. The last opposing power she comes across is her undying love for the
charming Robert Lebrun.


It is the unwritten rule that a woman should marry, have children, and be happy and
content with that as their life. Society portrays this to be a woman's rightful job and
duty. A woman should act and look "proper" at all times. This is what Edna is fighting
against in this novel. She feels that, though many women agree with this "known" rule, it
isn't fair. For six years Edna conforms to these ideas by being a "proper" wife and
mother, holding Tuesday socials and going to operas, following the same enduring schedule.
It is only after her summer spent at Grand Isle that her "mechanical" lifestyle becomes
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