Documented Argument of the Awakening

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Documented Argument of the Awakening Kate Chopin's depiction of "The Awakening" is realistic as she develops Edna Pontellier's character from a socially and morally respectable individual to an individual that turns her back on everything closest to her as she births her new self-being. Edna Pontellier struggles between her subconscious and conscious thoughts as unusual feelings stir unfounded emotions and senses. Some of Chopin's characters lend themselves in Edna's "awakening". Through examination of Leonce Pontellier, Robert Lebrun, Madame Moiselle Reisz, Adele Ratignolle, and Alcee Arobin the life of Edna Pontellier turns into her ultimate death. The relationship she has with each one of these characters influences and initiates a…show more content…
The children's absence during the summer was of the same degree. Edna had no real physical, intimate, or emotionally touching relationship until Robert Lebrun came into her life. Robert Lebrun does, as Per Seyersted concurs, "Every summer he commits himself to an attractive woman whom is his senior and by this he is dedicated to be her patron, this particular year it is bestowed upon Edna" (224). Evidently Robert can not devote himself entirely to a woman. He chooses a woman, though they might not all fall for him, and gives his services to her not realizing or perhaps caring what the end result might mean for his victim. It could be that he knew well what his true intention was. Edna becomes used to his presence. Robert fills that empty space where Leonce rightfully should be. Roberts constant presence is much needed and accepted by Edna. Robert has done more for Edna, emotionally, in a short summer than Leonce has in their entire marriage. Robert Lebrun brings new emotions and self-awareness in Edna's life. He "teaches her to swim furthering her autonomy, and with his descriptions, which were unseemingly smooth and egotistical, of his life experiences he ignited the beginnings of Edna's self-expression (Carol Stone 23). Edna has up until this point allowed her family and acquaintances to participate in her life. During Edna's new birth of herself she beings to

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