Self Discovery In Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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The Awakening The Awakening, a novel written by Kate Chopin transcends social structure and standard expectations. The novel is written to explain the transformations a woman makes at the end of the 19th century in order to find her place in the world and become at peace with her life and society that surrounds her. Edna Pontellier takes a newfound strength and courage that she discovers and uses it to gain personal autonomy. Once she gains her independence she makes many choices that may be construed as immoral and unethical. In the novel Edna meets Robert and they soon develop a relationship over the course of one summer that began as innocent and quickly developed into a matter of the heart. “For the first time she recognized…show more content…
Self-discovery should be about uncovering what you value and aspire to do, not how another person helps to satisfy your needs. Edna found independence by relying on a man other than her husband. Yes, she did make the realization that she wasn’t property to be owned and controlled by a husband but she did this by giving her heart to another man. Chopin wrote “How many souls perish in its tumult (pg 57)” while in context it refers to the sea which is symbolic of independence it is also a foreshadowing to the problems that her discovery will cause. This, however, is not self-discovery or courage. When you decide to marry someone, you make a vow to them and in front of many important people in your life. To break this vow for the reasons that Edna did or political figures or athletes do, reflects on their moral character and is filthy act. “The whole island seems changed. A new race of beings must have sprung up, leaving only you and me as past relics (pg 85)”, Edna states this to prove her readiness to leave her old life and begin a new one with Robert. It proves that she truly believes that if she can be with him she can escape reality and live a life with only him. Edna leaves her socially acceptable lifestyle which is a difficult task to face for a woman in
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