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Suicide The Final Surrender What is suicide Webster defines suicide as The act of taking ones own life voluntarily and intentionally 1156 Throughout The Awakening by Kate Chopin the main character Edna Pontellier struggles vigorously to escape the shackles of society With the final realization that she will never be entirely free Edna takes her life Some may view Ednas death as her final victory as she breaks the restraints of society However considering Ednas state of mind suicide is not her victory but rather her surrender Therefore Edna Pontelliers death is suicide Depression causes suicide Mental anguish gives rise to erratic impulsive behavior The first incident in which Ednas torment is illustrated occurs when she returns from checking on her child whom Leonce her husband suspects feverish Wandering outside Edna observes The tears came so fast to Mrs Pontelliers eyes that the damp sleeve of her peignoir no longer served to dry them Turning she thrust her face steaming and wet into the bend of her arm and went on crying there not caring any longer to dry her face her eyes her arms She could not have told why she was crying 654 In this passage Edna experiences great sorrow yet she does not know why Edna admits There were days when she was unhappy she did not know why - when it did not seem worth while to be glad or sorry to be alive or dead when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation 691 Mood swings result in frustration and social isolation It is clear that Edna does not know where these feelings of hopelessness are stemming from Edna describes her fits of anger as a dark shadow coming from places unknown to her imprisoning her mind and body with great suffering 654 Leonce first notices Ednas mood swings which change like the tides of the sea He
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