Argumentative Essay On The Awakening

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Taylor 1 The Awakening By Selena Taylor Professor Harris English 1102 27 March 2012 Taylor 2 Being an independent single mother was no stranger to Kate Chopin. After the death of her father, she lived with her mother, grandmother, and great-grand mother; all who were widowed. The head women in her life were smart independent women. Her great-grandmother was “the first women in St. Louis to obtain legal separation from her husband and raised five children and ran a shipping business on the Mississippi”, (Neal Wyatt). In The Awakening, the night Edna swam by herself for the first time, “she began to realize her powers, and walks for the first time alone, boldly, and with over confidence”, (p. 37 paragraph 1). Edna began to feel like one who awakens gradually out of a dream, a delicious, grotesque, impossible dream, to feel again the realities pressing into her soul”, (p.42 paragraph 3). The main pivotal point where Edna became liberated and aware of a longing for independence was when she took a brave step and swam for the first time alone. This awakening destroyed Edna’s family, changed her character, and developed her passion as an artist. After her awakening after the swim, Edna began to neglect her motherly and wifely duties more so than before. Before the awakening, Edna did not attend to her children the way a nurturing mother would. Her husband noticed that she was not as tentative to the children as she should have been, “he reproached his wife with her inattention, her habitual neglect of the children”, (p. 7 paragraph 4). After her husband left for his trip, Edna allowed the children’s grandmother to take them in. She became rebellious towards her husband and she no longer submitted to his commands. This awakening caused her to realize that, “even though her husband and her children were a part of her life, they could not posses her body and

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