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Was isolation the key to a womans independence in the 19th Century Kate Chopins novel The Awakening presents women as helpless creatures who are subject to all means besides personal beliefs The main character Edna Pontellier strives to find the self-independence that she deems necessary Through many attempts of evolution Edna finds the worst to be her escape Ednas suicide is the last and perhaps best choice she makes for herself The choice of suicide is brought upon Mrs Pontellier because of the desire for freedom and independence Consequently Edna undergoes many strenuous endeavors to possess these qualities Throughout the novel Edna attempts in many ways to find the freedom and independence that she seeks The first effort put forth by Edna is her lustful aspirations for Robert While in Grand Isle Mrs Pontellier reviews the validity of the affair wondering if it will give her ease However Ednas thoughts stay within her soul going no further for the moment At this point in the novel Edna has tasted independence and she knows what she wants However while she knows what she wants she does not yet understand what she must do Furthermore Ednas turning point rounds here Ednas affair with Arobin poses as a realization that nothing will come of it today Arobin tomorrow someone elsepg 188 Edna tries yet another feat by moving from her house Mrs Pontellier considers that the possibility of having her own house will get her away from the ties between Leonce and herself However in doing so Edna sets another tie between Robert and herself Every path Mrs Pontellier tries to make seems to go against her desire for independence thus it leads to the conclusion that nothing will work According to an unsigned article from The Daily Picayune it is against her husband that a woman must make a stand unless her whole married life is to degenerate into a kind of purgatory Perhaps this supports
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