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The Awakening In the book The Awakening by Kate Chopin Edna Pontellier is an unhappy married mother who finds an outlet from her life through a welcoming ocean A certain ungovernable dread hung about her when in water unless there was a hand nearby that might reach out and reassure herp27 Edna is frightened by the ocean and very overwhelmed by its massive strength Then she learns to swim and becomes fascinated by what was once an intimidator How easy it is It is nothingp27 Edna is very pleased with this new found joy Edna is estatic over conquering her fear She could have shouted for joy she did shout for joyp27 Edna feels happy with herself for the first time in many years She felt like some new-born creature opening its eyes in a familiar world it had never knownp115 Edna begins swimming regularly and thoroughly enjoys it Edna plunged and swam about with an abandon thrilled and invigorated herp49 She remained a long time in the waterp49 Swimming for Edna provides a much needed recess from her home life and the typical role of a woman and a wife in the 19th century I have a notion to go down to the beach and take a good wash and even a little swim before dinner The water is too cold Dont think of it Well I might go down and try-dip my toes inp114 Edna is growing very fond of the ocean and so adorns her swims No one will keep her from this new pleasure that brings such satisfaction to her life Edna feels free for the first time since her childhood She loves so much this mysterious new being that is so wonderful to her The ocean proves to be a place where she can transcend her life into the life of who she wants to be The touch
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