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Often times at the ocean a pole can be seen protruding from the beneath the water As the tide rises less of the pole is visible As it falls more of it is visible The pole stands as a stationary entity whose purpose is merely to measure the tide the dynamic entity In Kate Chopins The Awakening Mme Ratignolle stands as the static character by which the dynamic character Edna may be contrasted The tide rises while Edna vacations at the Grand Isle It is here that Edna begins to realize her position in the universe as a human being recognizing her interpersonal relations with others and intrapersonal relations with herself 15 Here Chopin introduces Adegravele as a character that provokes Ednas unorthodox views on matrimony and maternity indicating that the two women did not appear to understand each other or to be talking the same language 51 At this point in the novella Edna has reached the apex of a wave in her metamorphosis Henceforth as Edna returns to the city she falls hopelessly out of control in her own metaphysical dilemma passing from a tender mother to a distant wretch She takes up painting in order to further immerse herself in herself She becomes divorced from her children and M Pontellier becoming less a mother less a wife or parent until eventually scarcely a guardian or companion She discards the interpersonal connections that she had explored while on vacation especially disregarding contact with her family Whereas Adegravele worshiped her husband and idolized her children Edna would not stand for this subservience 8 By striving against her husband and children and falling into dark delusions of their drive to possess her body and soul Edna finds herself drowning in a sea of defiance against only herself 124 With Ednas long-awaited journey complete the reader is able to juxtapose her attitudes and their consequences with those of Mme Ratignolle Kate Chopin foreshadowed her conclusion
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