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Right from the beginning the plot is almost conveniently evident You find a woman Edna Pontellier tired of living her life as a pampered and owned wife and mother She is searching for much more in her life some sort of meaning for her whole existence She searches for a long time but in the end the inevitability of her lifes pattern and direction wraps around her suffocating her She is overcome with wonder confusion and guilt for what she believes and what she does to express her beliefs She finally finds a way to beat the proper 1890s lifestyle by committing suicide During this story Edna struggles with three main opposing powers First there is the societys opinion of what a womans roles in life was and how they should act look and feel Second is her independent nature The last opposing power she comes across is her undying love for the charming Robert Lebrun It is the unwritten rule that a woman should marry have children and be happy and content with that as their life Society portrays this to be a womans rightful job and duty A woman should act and look proper at all times This is what Edna is fighting against in this novel She feels that though many women agree with this known rule it isnt fair For six years Edna conforms to these ideas by being a proper wife and mother holding Tuesday socials and going to operas following the same enduring schedule It is only after her summer spent at Grand Isle that her mechanical lifestyle becomes apparent to her She sees how much she is unhappy with the expectations held by society of her life and she wishes to erase them and live her life as she wants Edna has an independent almost self centered nature about her Her need for an uncontrolled lifestyle is what leaves her feeling owned and wanting to break that
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