The Awakening By William Shakespeare

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Intro:
Throughout the Awakening, Edna is able to find some liberation in each of the various places she inhabits, yet it is immediately countered by misery and unfulfillment. This holds true even until the end of the novel when the reader is left with the question of whether Edna has truly found a setting in which she can finally feel whole and be her true self.

Grand Isle: The novel begins with Edna, her husband Leonce, and her two children vacationing in the island of Grand Isle for the summer. When Edna is in Grand Isle her life still consists of her husband who suffocates her identity as an individual the same way the water traps the land of Grand Isle. There is no “easy” escape from it, because it would have been easier to simply carry on than to go against the time period. Therefore, the vacation also represents her “easier” life, though it may feel unfulfilled; she is able to find some temporary liberation from the house in New Orleans. Edna must discover the island within herself. In the beginning of the novel Edna’s character is introduced into the novel, she is titled as the wife of Leonce, yet the rest of the characters are mentioned simply by name and possibly followed by a physical description, with no explanation of their relevance or relationship to the situation. This is done to illustrate the idea that Edna, at this point in time, is not an individual. Her role in society and her community is defined by her bounding ties to her marriage and the
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