Edna In Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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“In short, Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being…” This quote is talking about how Edna wasn’t meant to lead the life she was leading. Edna was not meant to be the stereotypical mother and housewife. Edna is, for lack of a better term, living the wrong life. She is supposed to be independent, and not take orders from the stereotypical husband, which hers is. At this point she realizes it, and the story unravels off of that detail “But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague…” This is saying how Edna’s awakening is like her starting in a new world, which is where this statement is pointing at. Starting something new is never easy. In fact, it is a new experience, which is something very different from what you know. At first, it can even seem frightening or overwhelming. What’s worse is that you’re not given a whole lot of information. You’re left to figure everything out on your own, and that’s what Edna is left to do after her awakening…show more content…
We know that Edna couldn’t swim. She was actually afraid of going into the Ocean. She starts to change and this quote is saying that she had a calling. She just had to go out into the Ocean because it was almost telling her to go into it. “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul” This quote is part of the series of quotes involving Edna’s awakening. This is saying, again, that the ocean was calling out to her to go into it. She knew she had to go, and she kind of just went with it. Her very soul was receiving a message from the Ocean that she had to go in. This is personifying the ocean because the Ocean didn’t actually call out to her. It is meant to disguise the fact that Edna would be “re-born” when she went in, just like a

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