Personification In Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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The Awakening Society frowns upon women who are trying to be independent and have a free life. Many people tend to look down on women who lived their life in a “dream” and who have awakened from it and acted out this “dream”. During the 19th century any women who did not follow expected social behavior were often looked down on as a disappointment. In the tragic realistic novel, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, a young American woman of the late nineteenth century seeks to realize her full potential as an independent human being. Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz are two women in which Edna’s options of life paths are exhibited, however, Edna finds both role models lacking. Edna then begins to see that the life of freedom and individuality is the path she wants to follow, however goes against society. The restrictions imposed on Edna Pontellier are based purely on her gender.…show more content…
Personification is a figure of speech in which something nonhuman is given human characteristics. For example, “ The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude;…,” (pg.18). These lines build theme because they describe the beginning of Edna’s process of awakening and finding her true identity. Chopin juxtaposes a comment about the “voice of the sea” with a paragraph describing the beginnings of a new world. The sea has opened up a new pathway of exploration for Edna. Chopin makes a reference to its “voice,” which calls to and seduces Edna in her “awakened” life. Edna had answered the call of the ocean as Edna begins her final walk into the gulf in chapter XXXIX. Chopin repeats the line quoted from page 18, and this scene clearly represents the theme of a women search of self identity. As Edna takes her last steps she takes them towards the sea. The sea is a symbol of freedom, however in this example can be used as a
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