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The short novel The Awakening begins at a crisis in Edna Pontelliers life Edna is a free-spirited and passionate woman who has a hard time finding means of communications and a real role as a wife and a mother Edna finds herself desperately wanting her own emotional and sexual identities During one summer while her husband Leonce is out of town on business her frustration and need for emotional freedom leads to an affair with a younger man Her search for identity and love leads her on a wild ride against society and tests her strengths to the end The book raises issues about the role of women in society not only in the time period in which it is set but also in the modern world Edna was truly brave in the way that she slowly began to defy societys conventions She was never unfaithful to her husband because he had betrayed her by seeing her as an object This contributed to her yearning for truth and freedom Her husband was a well-meaning man but Edna had no real trust in him She felt empty with him and their children Once Leonce was gone and Edna had been with Robert she felt like she had found true and passionate love but she had not Robert was like Leonce Robert speaks of her being set free and given to her and she realizes that Robert also viewed women as possessions This was a trouble that she could not get away from Robert loved her but the way that he thought was still being controlled by the society and time that they lived in Edna realizes that her loving and lusty relationship with Robert would still be repressed by the society that they were in That is not what Edna wanted She could not hold back her feelings and continue living the way that she was Edna did not want to live a
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