Edna's Soul Mate In The Awakening

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Awakening paper Throughout The Awakening, Edna is trying to wake up and discover who she is and set herself free. Her husband and the rules of society are casting a spell against her which sets up many restraints. Edna also is on a quest to find her true soul mate. She has a husband named Leonce and she has had flirtatious relationships with Robert and Aerobin. In her time period getting seen with other men was looked down on. In all of these men she found something different each one had a component that completed her but she could never be fully satisfied with one. Robert is said to be Edna’s soul mate they have a natural connection whereas Aerobin provides the excitement and physical needs. Her husband Leonce supply’s Edna with shelter…show more content…
Edna says, “The mother-women seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle. It was easy to know them, fluttering about with extended, protecting wings when any harm, real or imaginary, threatened their precious brood. They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels” (Chopin). The ideal women in Edna's era was Madame Ratignolle she would do anything for her children as would Edna this is why people didn’t understand her. Edna would do anything for her children but not in the same way a mother-woman would. Edna's view on the label of a mother-woman is known when she says, “I would give up the unessential; I would my money, I would give my life for my children; but I would give myself. I cant make it more clear; its only something that I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me” (Chopin). When Edna says she would not give up herself for her children she means she is not willing to give up her integrity. Edna is still trying to find herself as a person and I don’t think she is willing to give up the opportunity to do that. Her personality, desires, and happiness would not be given up for anyone
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