When Edna and Adele with their families went to Grand Isle, sometimes, Edna will put herself into their children completely or forget them. Moreover, when her children tumbled, she will not pick them up just let them get up on their own. In contrast to Adele, Edna is not contributing herself to her family as well as Adele. Edna tries to fit in as the role to be a good mother, but, she cannot definitely, to be a mother-woman cannot fulfill her eagerness to be a special, independent and egocentric person. In Chapter XVI, Edna said to Adele, she would give her money and her life to children, but never herself.
At the beginning of the novel, Edna learns to swim. This might seem like a minor detail, but it ties to the downfall of Mrs. Pontellier. She falls in love with Robert, even though she is a married woman to Mr. Pontellier. Again a minor detail, but some might argue is the start of the plot for Edna to become her ideal, rebellious self. Edna grows tired of being a housewife
Edna developed a yearning for the pursuit of passion and sensuality, two major qualities that were absent in her marriage and home. She became enchanted with the idea of passionate love. This is shown by her relationship with Robert and with Alcée. These relationships resulted in a sexual awakening in Edna’s life. Mademoiselle Reisz 's piano performances brought an emotional awakening in Edna and fed her need for some drama in her life.
Before Edna’s awakening, Edna believed that her life would never be fulfilled through her marriage to Leonce because of her lack of free will. The discovery of her own identity leads to Edna’s rebellion and heroic decision to take her own life in act toward freedom from controlling powers. Her passions, desires, strength, and courage to defy societal expectations demonstrates her desire to be reborn into a life of passion and
A wife during this time period was under control of the husband. Edna isn’t very content with that, which is understandable. Edna still decided to marry him, and she knew what she was getting herself into knowing how he was as a person. Edna did broke one of the most forbidden rules of marriage and the manner in which she did it was astonishing. Edna had an affair with another man.
Edna feels she is entitled to a private emotional life, a hidden self. Edna reveals her idea of the self in a conversation with Madame Ratignolle, insisting that although she would give her life for her children, she would not sacrifice her self, a distinction that Madame Ratignolle fails to
She can forget about all her responsibilities as a wife and a mother for a little while and just focus on herself. After swimming successfully, she develops feelings for Robert. After this awakening, Edna starts to step back and rethink her entire life; her marriage, her role, and even herself. She realizes she feels sort of imprisoned in this life she has had for so long. Edna finally starts doing things for her, she is letting herself feel an attraction for another man even though she is married and she also gets into art and has everyone in the house model for her.
Edna wanted to be free of all relationships and ties, however, she was was heavily judge and seen as a disaster for not wanting to raise a family like every other woman wanted at the time. She wanted the same liberation a man had in the world and because of that, she had to suffer the judgment from everyone she knew. In the end, after all the criticism weighed on her she was left feeling abandoned and alone. It was because of these social expectations that deprived her off really feeling
Eventually, Edna moves to her own house that her husband does not own, which allows her to make her own decisions and allows her to decide what she will do each day. At her new home, she finds peace and a newfound sense of independence. During the nineteenth century, the homeowner often defines the roles of individuals in the