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What is suicide Suicide is the act of self-destruction by a person sound in mind and capable of measuring his or her moral responsibility Webster 1705 No one really knows why human beings commit suicide Indeed the very person who takes his or her own life may be least aware at the moment of decision of the essence of his or her reasons and emotions for doing so At the outset it can be said that a dozen individuals can kill themselves and do or commit 12 psychologically different deeds Encyclopaedia Britannica 385 Suicide is written about in a variety of novels short stories and movies Suicide moves like an undercurrent in the sea of themes of The Awakening The possibility of suicide and even the idea of death darkens the story making Ednas emotional ups and downs dangerous - her occasional misery leads her to subconsciously think of suicide She holds the hopelessness at bay by moving out and getting her own apartment while trying to find a man who will accept her but in the end she succumbs Ednas closest physical brush with death occurs one night at the beach when the summer residents decide to take a midnight swim Despite having had a hard time learning to swim she realizes her ability and swims farther out than she ever had before She overestimates her power and almost doesnt make it back She has a quick vision of death The experience scares her but she has tested her limits and survived the sea for a while Metaphorically she has come close to death but resisted it Falling asleep can be associated with the idea of death as well Whenever Edna falls asleep it is noted in the story across the bay at church and the first night once her husband has left are
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