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Although the ending of Kate Chopins The Awakening is a sad conclusion to an inspirational story it does not compromise the central theme of the novel Instead of viewing the end of the novel as Ednas failure to continue her pursuit of individualism and independence one should see it as a failure of the society in which Edna lives to support her newly awakened self Edna finds it impossible to live in her world and maintain her newfound identity and therefore finds suicide the only option in which she does not have to compromise herself Suicide is most often viewed as giving up to the pressures that one faces However with Edna suicide was the only right choice for her and by the end of the book there was no one thing in the world that she desired except Robert 557 Despite her love for him she refused to be Roberts wife and go from being one mans possession to another The only other alternative with Robert would be to have an affair which is not only unacceptable to Robert as he leaves her upon this request but it would also be extremely difficult to accomplish in their society and would surely be detrimental to the lives of her children A third alternative is to live as Mademoiselle Reisz did in isolation from the rest of society and without men in her life Although this may seem to be a noble feminist move Chopin did not describe Reisz as a heroic figure and therefore should not be viewed as such She is described instead as a disagreeable little woman no longer young who had quarreled with almost everyone owing to a temper which was self-assertive and a disposition to trample upon the rights of others 486-7 It is doubtful that Edna would be happy living the rest of her life in the same manner Consequently Edna fulfills the earlier claim she makes to Madame Ratignolle
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