Edna Pontellier's Identity Quotes

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1. Sense of Identity A."Edna began to feel uneasy. She was seized with a vague dread. Her own like experiences seemed far away, unreal, and only half remembered. She recalled faintly an ecstasy of pain, the heavy odor of chloroform, a stupor which had deadened sensation, and an awakening to find a little new life to which she had given being, added to the great unnumbered multitude of souls that come and go."(Paragraph 10,Section 37)This text supports the theme of Identity because everything that has been happening since Edna 's "awakening" was finally starting to hit her.The realization has come very fast, and this moment starts the beginning of the end, her end. B."But her new and unexpected line of conduct completely bewildered him. It shocked him. Then her absolute disregard for her duties as a wife angered him."(Paragraph 2,Section 19)This quote shows the point when Mr. Pontellier is finally starting to see the pattern of change in Edna. He sees her acting much differently than he and everyone else expects of her. 2. Women 's Role in Society A."He reproached his wife with her inattention, her habitual neglect of the children. If it was not a mother 's place to look after children, whose on earth was it?"(Paragraph 6,Section 3)At this time women didn 't have a large role in society, mainly: cleaning the house, looking after the kids, cooking, and entertaining/co-entertaining guests. This quote shows Edna not following this and being angry when Mr.

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