Edna 's State Of Mind Before Her Awakening

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Edna’s state of mind before her awakening is expressed when she has difficulties with creating a portrait of Madame Ratignolle. When Edna creates the portrait, she observes it very critically and she becomes upset when the picture does not look like Madame Ratignolle, “she was greatly disappointed to find that it did not look like her. But it was a fair enough piece of work, and in many respects satisfying”(55). The picture itself, wasn’t bad, but in terms of a portrait, it did fail to capture an accurate depiction of Madame Ratignolle. When she realizes this, she reacts emotionally and finds the sketch is not worthy enough to keep working on and destroys the image. It is interesting that rather than fixing the errors she sees, she instead further ruins it by striking a smudge across the image before crumbling it up. It is evident that when she no longer finds something physically gratifying, she will give up on it all together. But we also see that what she really wants to capture is reality through art and finds this most appealing. The image was still satisfying, meaning it was still nice and aesthetically pleasing, but it was not life-like, it did not accurately depict reality for her. She doesn’t however blame her skills as an artist, even if dabbling is all she is doing.
She is obviously very critical of herself and her work and we see her mind and her perspective of her world through her approach to her art. She is trying to achieve realism by capturing her subjects…
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