Ambiguity In Chopin's The Awakening

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The ending of ‘The Awakening’ is a conglomeration of all the events of the book. Edna’s suicide stems from her botched transcendence and subsequent fall. Chopin uses ambiguity in the last passage to allow the reader to explore their own meaning of the book and not force one into thinking the same as another reader. Chopin portrays the ending in a multitude of ways both religiously and earthly. The religious aspects of her suicide begin on page 189. Throughout the story Edna’s awakening has been portrayed as some sort of transcendence. It starts with Reisz checked “to see if her wings were strong enough” then later it mentions it again when Edna “spread her arms” at the dinner. Chopin uses these to show us that Edna is becoming an angel. On page 189 she calls her…show more content…
Just like what the devil did to Eve, he promised her that the forbidden fruit would give her sensations beyond her wildest beliefs but ended up getting her kicked out of Eden and punished humans for eternity. The ocean is like this to Edna because it promises freedom, which is exactly what she has been looking for, and it ends up being the death of a woman who already has a good amount of independence. Chopin also makes Edna seem less than holy in this passage because after all, she is a woman and since her transformation stumbled and was never truly completed, she is stuck between a sacred figure and just another failure. Edna decides to kill herself on her way to beach because of her suffering and search for more and more freedom. The weather amplifies the feeling of pain and hopelessness, the sun is hot and the water seems like the perfect relief to get away from everything. Edna’s awakening has failed but she remains ignorant to the fact and now, in her mind, to complete the awakening she must kill herself. Chopin then uses a blatant symbol of a bird to show that killing yourself is not the way it’s done. “A bird with a broken wing was beating the air above,

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