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The book The Awakening by Kate Chopin is not so much a love story as it is a story of one woman Mrs Pontellier was a woman with emotional needs Her needs include material sexual intimacy and the need to be wanted or needed Among Lonce Pontellier Alce Arobin and Robert Lebrun she pursues and meets her needs Although Lonce Pontellier didnt seem to play a part in her life he did He provided her materialistic needs Just as she dreaded he was her husband in the worlds eyes It is plain to see that Edna finds marriage a revolting institution from this quote Her marriage to Lonce Pontellier was purely an accident in this respect resembling many other marriages which masquerade as the decrees of Fate The acme of bliss which would have been a marriage to a tragedian was not for her in this world As the devoted wife of a man she felt she would take her place thus closing the portals forever behind her upon the realm of romance and dreamsp18 So that leaves the problem of romance and dreams Who filled this world that she seems to have missed Alce Arobin was a suave seductive man He thrived on lust yet at a socially acceptable scale Therefore when he commenced in sharing time with Mrs Pontellier at the races and such it didnt appear sinister He sometimes talked in a way that astonished her at first and brought the crimson in to her face in a way that pleased her at last appealing to the animalism that stirred impatiently within herp78 By defining animalism as the innate desire to be sexually pleasing or sexual we can see that Arobin pleased the sexual yearning of Edna Pontellier It is clear that Mrs Pontellier doesnt really feel affection for Arobin because after their time together her thoughts commented that there was a dull pang of regret because it was not
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