Sea Symbolism In The Awakening

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin Title Originally titled The Solitary Soul Began writing the novel in 1897, finished it in 1898, published in 1899 Was considered a controversial novel Called trite, morbid, sordid, and vulgar by different people Setting 1890’s in Grand Isle Genre Literary Fiction, Tragedy, Romance Historical Information New Orleans during this time Strong racial divide Creoles (mix of Spanish and French blood) Canal Street was the divide separating the Above or west- uptown Below or east- downtown, French quarter Gender roles and racial discrimination also played a role Themes Identity: Edna faces an identity crisis throughout the book, especially in he role as a wife and mother. She struggles with her identity because…show more content…
This realization is what inspires her decision to rebel against society’s standards for her. The sea also symbolizes Edna’s love, at first soft and sensuous, but ultimately causes her death Character Development Edna starts the novel a devoted wife who is concerned with pleasing her husband along with keeping up appearances. As she falls in love with Robert, she is more aware of her sexuality and decides she rather please herself, than her family. So she abandons her wifely and motherly duties to pursue this relationship by moving out and refusing to raise her children. She then continued to pursue Robert but did not want to marry him because she doesn’t want him to own her. Her headstrong ways continue throughout the novel but she realizes she cant handle the isolation and ends up killing herself. Leonce starts the novel as a man content with his marriage, family, and reputation. But as his wife’s action change, he is forced to change his focus from going to work and hanging around to fixing his wife’s actions. Plot…show more content…
This angers her because she believes no man can own her in this way but as she is explaining that to him, she is called away to help Madame Ratignolle’s delivery, and when she returns Robert is gone and a goodbye note is left on the
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