The Awakening By Kate Chopin

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In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, the main character, Edna Pontellier, has three distinct personality traits that define her throughout the book. One of her most perceptible traits is her irresponsibility, especially in how she cares for her children and husband. Related to this peculiarity, is her capacity to behave childish, particularly in terms of how she allows her emotions to sweep her away as well as her inability to think about the potential consequences. Her most prominent personality trait—the one that forms the backbone of the conflict, is Edna’s eagerness to defy society and the roles given to women. These traits are consistent throughout the novel and while the character does change by the end, these aspects never disappear. The main conflict in The Awakening is a woman’s need to have the right to act herself and live independently instead of how society 's set up what a woman should and should not do. This disagreement is amplified throughout the book as the narrator shows Edna’s “awakening” or her process of realization that she does not fit into the societies expectations. This occurs in a series of events in which Edna moves farther away from societal norms. The conflict is started occurring after Edna realized that she is unhappy and wants to be free. Edna’s action of spending time with her friend, Robert, whom she falls in love, although he leaves, she has decided to become more independent with neither her husband or her children and gets

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