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Responsibility and Duty as they Relate to The Awakening Most cultures put heavy emphasis upon responsibility and duty The culture portrayed in Kate Chopins book The Awakening visibly reflects a similar emphasis The main character finds herself wanting to stray from her responsibilities and embrace her intense desire for personal fulfillment Ednas choice to escape shows two elements rebellion to the suppression of her adventurous spirit and the lack of fulfillment in her relationship Although she embraces her new found freedoms she commits suicide at the denouement of the book due to her frustration with the world around her Many philosophers have dealt with the question of whether to live a life of servitude or to pursue ones greater happiness Immanuel Kant stipulates that the more people cultivate their reason the less likely they are to find happiness Kate Chopins character Edna tries her entire life to fit in the prescribed mold of the women of her time She invests so much time into duty and responsibility that she loses any happiness that she could hope to achieve With time Kant noted the person who devotes their life to reason finds themselves needing a release in the end despising reason and eventually pursuing only their true happiness After being reasonable for the twenty-eight years of her life Edna breaks down She wants to pursue love and disregard her duty to her husband and children She falls in what she considers girlish love with the character Robert She proclaims to him I love you only you no one but you If was you who awoke me last summer out of a life-long stupid dream Oh I have suffered Now you are here we shall love each other Nothing else in the world is of any consequence In keeping with Kants philosophy Ednas life has been
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