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The sea in the The Awakening is the inner struggle that Edna deals with involvingdesires and dreams the place where her rebellious spririt has found a home From herunhappy marriage and home life her desire to discover herself to the disappointments oflove and lifethe sea in the Awakening represents a womans burdens independence andher true fulfillment For the character Edna Pontellier the sea is her beginning and end The voice of the seas is seductive never ceasin whipering clammoringmurmruing invitiong the sould to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude to loseitelf in mazes of inward contemplation1100The sea is black dark and has an overwhelming sense of being controlled bynothing Edna sees it as all of the burdens she has before her as a southern white womantrying to squeeze into the tight firm mold of the Creole wife and mother As much asshe tries to be a good mother and wife she contunuelly compares herself to MadameRatignolle which she cannot live up to In short Mrs Pontellier was nto amother-woman1018 Where Ednas rebellious stresak had pushed her into hermarriage with Leonce Pontellier this same rebellion is beginning to push her out Shesees the marriage now as purely an accident As the devoted wife of a man whoworshipped her she felt she would take her place with certain dignity int he world ofreality closing the portals oforever behind her upon the realm of romance anddreams1026 The more Edna learns about heself the more those portals start to open To change herself and embrace the darkness facing it head on would mean all that hasbeen carefully placed and planned out may be shattered She longs to loosen the tightgrip her husband has on her and to destroy the control he has established Once she stopped and taking off her wedding ring flung it upon the carpet When she saw it lying there she stamped her
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