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The Awakening written by Kate Chopin tells the story of a woman Edna Pontellier who undergoes a transformation from an obedient housewife to a person who is alive with strength character and emotions which she no longer has to repress This metamorphosis is shaped by her surroundings Just as her behavior is more shocking and horrifying because of her position in Grand Isle society it is that very position which causes her to feel restrained and makes her yearn to rebelAdele Ratignolle is Ednas close friend and confidante However the two women are nothing alike Adele is the perfect housewife and mother and the epitome of what a Creole woman should be Adele lives her life for her children always being sure that they are properly cared for clothed and educated Unlike Adele whose life is fulfilled through loving and caring for her children Edna is fond of her children in an uneven impulsive way Nevertheless her children are not enough to justify her life Adele can not understand how Edna could say that she will never sacrifice herself to her children or for anyone Ednas being is taking on a new importance in her life She is starting to realize just how important it is to be true to herself She goes along with the way things are supposed to be holds her socials and tends to her house until she becomes aware that she needs more from her life Also Ednas marriage to Leonce is safe but there is no passion or excitement She simply grows fond of her husband realizing with some unaccountable satisfaction that no trace of passion or excessive and fictitious warmth color her affection While this lack of emotion is enough to satisfy Edna for the majority of her marriage after she begins to allow her true self to come forth she feels trapped and seeks a way to escape She realizes that she need not fit the mold
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