As Edna becomes more comfortable in the water, she also becomes more in touch with her own emotions. One particular night, Edna is able to swim farther into the ocean than she ever had before - the same night when she realizes her own distaste with her marriage and her role in society. Chopin writes that while Edna was in the water, “a feeling of exultation overtook her, as if some power of significant import had been given her to control the working of her body and her soul (Chopin 27)”. This
For example, when Annie and her mother visit Rat island together, she recounts the event saying, The only way I could go into the water was if I was on my mother 's back, my arms clasped tightly around her neck, and she would then swim around not too far from the shore. It was only then that I could forget how big the sea was, how far down the bottom could be, and how filled up it was with things that couldn 't understand a nice hallo. (42) Here, the motif of water personifies the closeness of their relationship.
The ocean reflects Edna’s process of “awakening” and her increasing urge and attempt to break free from these social conventions as she finally begins to understand her individuality. Edna refuses to fulfill her wifely and motherly duties, she becomes aware of her sexuality as she has has multiple partners, and even moves out of her “house on Esplanade Street” in an attempt to be financially independent (131). All these acts, serve as attempts to escape from the eternal role as a mother and housewife. Freedom, for Edna, is the act of disengaging from obligations towards her husband and children, and the release from social order. In a sense, Edna’s death is due to her failure to balance a sense of self and freedom with the demands of life.
He is basically the false interpreter of Edna’s feelings (286). She allows him to interpret her feelings for her and even relies on him to do so, such as when she swims out and feels a multitude of emotions she cannot explain, and Robert attributes it to a spirit searching for a worthy mortal host (29). Her love for Robert that she displays is not the awakening that is described earlier in the novel as she relates her experience out in the ocean to her fond memories of moving through meadows as a child (17, 102). Furthermore, she says “it was you who awoke me last summer out of a life-long stupid dream” (103). Edna makes the mistake that many people make which is giving credit to a person for having made some internal change.
In addition to her newfound sexual freedom, the independence Edna shows from her husband and children, to be an individual, was seen as unusual. Unlike the way women are supposed to live only for their family, Edna wishes to live for herself. In the beginning of the book where all the Creoles had just started their vacation, Mr. Pontellier thinks, In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman. 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.
Kit lost her grandfather so she has to cross the Atlantic to live with her aunt and uncle, along with her two cousins, Judith and Mercy. It turns out her uncle, Matthew, has some problems welcoming her. When The Dolphin nears land, it rides down a river to Wethersfield, and in the meantime, a child by the name of Prudence drops a doll in the water. Kit then dives in and swims to get it, which made Goodwife Cruff, the mother of Prudence, think that Kit performed witchcraft. Worse yet, Kit befriends Hannah, who is also thought to be a witch and is given blame for the plague that sweeps town, killing three children.
This is interpreting the inner rebell of Edna in how she is not afraid to leave her family behind. Another side of her inner self showing was when she was refusing to get out of the hammock “With a writhing motion she settled herself more securely in the hammock. She perceived that her will had blazed up,” (Chopin 31). This expresses her attitude against her husband in which she does not care if she disobeys him. In conclusion, Edna has two very distinct personalities when it comes with what is on the outside and the inside of
Edna lived in different societies in “The Awakening.” The societies had different characteristic that helped the novel develop, but most importantly help shape Edna to the way she is. The creole society portrayed a great effect on Edna’s awakening into being open and passionate about herself. The vacationing at Grand Isle also played a key part in the heroine 's life. When Edna swam in the ocean for the first time, it aroused her in a physical way. If it were not for the vacationing at Grand Isle, Edna would not have the ocean to empower her.
As Edna tries to transition into the Creole society, she becomes aware of the intensity that is put on being an ideal wife and woman in the 20th century. A woman is supposed to love her husband, care for her children, be respectful, and obey her husband. Throughout her life in Grand Isle and her neighborhood, Edna awakens to the idea of a different way of living and a new view of the world. In Chopin’s story, she states that, “In short, Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her”(Chopin 17). In The Awakening, Kate Chopin uses the determination of an awakened woman to demolish the stereotypical roles of a twentieth century woman.
This analysis of The Awakening by Kate Chopin (1899) will use the psychoanalytic image of the mother as a starting point for Edna’s journey of self-realization which is symbolized in physical “Rooms.” As Edna travels to and from the Island and the different “Rooms” she uncovers and develops her personality but ultimately the journey leads to demise. Her demise is because her rooms are tied to her mother, and she is never able to succeed in her Room as Woolf would have wanted because it is tied to the mother, and not the patriarchal father who represents money and creative power. The symbolism of the mother as a Room parallels the concept of a room in A Room of One’s Own (1929) by Virginia Woolf. The physical and metaphorical “Room” in Edna’s
“She is weightless. She is free. She is smiling as she opens herself to the waters and breathes in eternity” Mai is one of the bravest characters in this story. She sacrifices herself to save her own daughter and she is not able to be free physically as the rest of the family is. But she attains the eternal freedom through commit suicide and it ends her painful experiences as a sex slave to the Thai pirate.
Beth could create safety for her and Conrad to be able to have open and honest discussions about their feelings. By talking with others she would stop withdrawing and avoiding her feelings. Calvin uses large amounts of silence in the beginning of the film, but turns to more violence towards the end. While running with a work friend, Calvin disregards his feelings and lies about the family’s well being. When Beth begins to yell at Conrad for quitting the swim team without telling her, Calvin begins to yell at Beth for her poor treatment of Conrad and relates her yelling to her feelings.
Nausicaa wants her maids to help Odysseus bathe, but Odysseus declines the offer because he does not want the maids to have to see him naked. After he bathes, he rubs olive oil into his skin and puts on the clothes that Nausicaa gave him. Nausicaa then has her maids give Odysseus food and water. At first, Nausicaa wants Odysseus to go back into town with her, but she realizes that her going into town with an unknown man may cause gossip. Instead, she tells him to go back to town by himself, and wait for the girls at her father’s estate.
Edna goes through an awakening process in which she changes her life. Edna experiences a kiss with a man that is not her husband, this is the first experience she has that goes against the female ideals of her time (Chopin 139). Edna already shows signs of going against the grain of her society before this experience, but this experience sets her wants and needs for a more free life. A more free life from the confines of mother and wife. Her role as a wife begins to diminish and her husband becomes concerned and even consults a doctor to try and find what is wrong with her.