Essay on Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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Kate Chopin's The Awakening

In Kate Chopin's, The Awakening, Edna Pontellier came in contact with many different people during a summer at Grand Isle. Some had little influence on her life while others had everything to do with the way she lived the rest of her life. The influences and actions of Robert Lebrun on Edna led to her realization that she could never get what she wanted, which in turn caused her to take her own life.

In the Creole culture, outward affection and expression were a common thing. Edna, being brought up in Kentucky, "was at first a little confused. . .by the Creole's gentle caress. She was not accustomed to an outward and spoken expression of affection, either in herself or in others," (Chopin 22).
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Although Robert left to get away from Edna, he might have actually made things worse. He promised to write to her, but never did. By Robert not writing to her, it left Edna in agony. She longed for him even more when she did not hear from him. Not knowing that Edna would eventually read the letters, he wrote to Mademoiselle Reisz unintentionally professing his love for Mrs. Pontellier. After reading the letters, Edna realized that the feelings were mutual. Edna came to the conclusion that she wanted to get away from her house, husband, and anything that reminded her of the such so she decided to move into a small apartment around the corner.

The biggest mistake that Robert made was actually returning home after Mexico. The feelings that both he and Edna had for each other were rekindled. She saw the "same tender caress, with an added warmth and entreaty which had not been there before - the same glance which had penetrated to the sleeping places of her soul and awakened them," (130). At first Robert tried to keep away from Edna but realized that it was useless and gave in to his feelings.

Even though Robert left for Mexico because he did not want anything to happen between Edna and him, he gave into her kisses when she kissed him at her house. He led her on to believe that something could actually happen between the two of them even though she was a married woman. He

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