Eros And Thanatos Analysis

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Eros represents the combination of all human tendencies within us that are directed towards the will to live in the way that we desire while Thanatos represents the inevitable impulse towards death, which are the driving forces in human existence. In the beginning of the book, Edna is not aware of her subconscious, and she is complacent in her marriage to Leonce. Because it is ingrained in society that her duties in life are to serve and comply to Leonce’s needs she has not the time to feel her own feelings or understand what she longs for in life. Their really is no time of self reflection. It is only after Edna has her first swim on page 27 when she starts to connect with her soul. “But that night she was like the little tottering, stumbling, clutching child, who of a sudden realizes its powers, and walks for the first time alone, boldly and with over-confidence” (Chopin) It is in this moment, “A feeling of exultation overtook her, as if some power of significant import had been given her soul” (Chopin 27). We see her eros drive spark sensual feelings with Robert after the sea is involved. In chapter 24, Robert asks Edna to come into the water and Edna knowing she should decline, allowed her impulse, eros, to take control of her. The sea brought out her subconscious. It is after swimming that she becomes attracted to Robert, but I would argue that she has subconsciously had this lust and coming in contact with eros drew it out. It is also through eros that brings out her
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