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English 102 20 June 2000 Mrs Pontelliers Lack of Love Ednas obsession of a perfect life leaves her children motherless her husband grieving and her friends in shock Because of Ednas lack of consideration for everyone around her she traumatizes all of the people who love her She has everything any woman could ask for a caring husband sweet friends precious children and every material possession possible Because Edna is so caught up in herself and her life of seclusion she not only destroys that life but she also disturbs and disgusts many of her friends Edna has it all The Awakening opens with a scene introducing the Pontellier family and all of their closest friends relaxing on a beach for the summer They are living in a magnificent house on the shore of Grand Isle with nothing to do but unwind and make merry And when they return home Ednas only concerns are what she should wear and how she should entertain her guests for the evening The grandeur of the Ednas lifestyle and the Pontellier home is best illustrated when Edna gives her final dinner There was something extremely gorgeous about the appearance of the table an effect of splendor conveyed by a cover of pale yellow satin under strips of lacework There were wax candles in massive brass candelabra burning softly under yellow silk shades full fragrant roses yellow and red abounded There were silver and gold as she said there would be and crystal which glittered like the gems which the women wore 220 Now I know that money can not buy happiness but how could Edna not enjoy spending an evening in this environment with all of her friends This is sheer bliss to any well-minded individual Edna does not believe so She thinks this is too much she wants to live simply and apart from society While there is nothing at all wrong with this desire one should never
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