Edna Pontellier Analysis

1868 WordsOct 26, 20178 Pages
In analyzing the character development of Edna Pontellier as a character, she becomes a radical woman of this literary age. Through her development, Mrs. Pontellier exhibits characteristics that would not be deemed as acceptable behavior from a married woman of the late 1800’s as American society is beginning to see a shift into the Industrial Revolution. Throughout Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, Edna Pontellier undergoes several episodes of bipolar behavior through her activities and her family life that leads to her suicide. This analysis outlines the externalizations of her radical thoughts as a married women and how they contrast to the contemporary women of this era. There are significant indications through Edna Pontellier’s…show more content…
As she alerts...that she may be a while before attending dinner, Edna has a very calm demeanor as she makes her way down to the sea and purposefully removes all of her clothes so she’s able to swim in the ocean where she undergoes a peaceful vision of her childhood before drowning in the ocean. Her suicide had shortly transpired after Robert Lebrun left her a note briefly explaining that he couldn’t be with her despite the extent to which he claimed he loved her. The thoughts that a person undergoes before reaching the mindset of considering suicide are often the result of continuous, emotional stress in the most simplistic terms. Throughout the entirety of the story, Edna’s behavior reveals her lack of motivation in her day to day activities that result in the neglect of her two small children and her lack of will to pursue the image of an ideal “mother-woman” that Leonce desperately wants her to be. Furthermore, the American Association of Suicidology presents an opposing argument to Malzahn through their written work: Suicidality in Bipolar I Disorder that investigates the correlation between individuals who struggle with Bipolar Disorders and suicide rates. They briefly define Bipolar I Disorder as the “presence of at least one lifetime manic episode” and are at high risk of committing suicide (Johnson, et. al, 681.) Through
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