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Lauren Valva Prof Principe WMS 274 April 72000 The Struggle to Be a Womyn Every step which she took toward relieving herself from obligations added to her strength and expansion as an individual 93 The Awakening by Kate Chopin introduces the reader to the life of Edna Pontellier a woman with an independent nature searching for her true identity in a patriarchal society that expects women to be nothing more than devoted wives and nurturing mothers In this paper I will describe Ednas journey of self-discovery and explain why her struggle for independence is no easy task I will also discuss the relationship Edna has with two other main women characters and describe how these women conform or rebel against a society with many social constraints Finally I will discuss how the issues brought up in Chopins novel are still relevant today The Journey The Awakening begins in the vacation spot of Grand Isle At first we believe that Grand Isle is a utopia wealthy families relaxing at oceanside but it is here where Edna first begins to realize her unhappiness The first sign of dissatisfaction is when Edna allows herself to feel that her marriage is unsatisfying yet she must agree with the other women that Leonce Pontellier is the perfect husband Edna can now ask herself if she has a good husband and is not happy than should marriage be a component of her life Edna has two close relationships with other males in the book but both prove unsatisfying and a block to her independence The first relationship is with Robert Lebrun They swim they chat on the porch and offer each other companionship This is a flirtatious relationship a relationship similar to those Robert has had previous summers with other married women but different because Edna being a foreigner allows herself to take Robert seriously and she falls in love with him This proves tragic because during the
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