The Central Themes Of Edna, By Edna's Awakening

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THEME: Though there are several themes in this novel, the central theme that connects them all is identity and finding who you are and where you belong in life and society. At the beginning of the novel, we see Edna is portrayed as typical mother and wife; "Looking at them reminded her of her rings, which she had given to her husband before leaving for the beach. She silently reached out to him, and he, understanding, took the rings from his vest pocket and dropped them into her open palm. She slipped them upon her fingers" (1). Once Edna decides to live life the way she wants that is thrown out the window. The reason for this is due to Edna’s second side. She is said to have two sides "Even as a child, she had lived her own small life all within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life—that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions" (7). The "sides" refer to as her inner and outer self. Edna’s outer self is the person who everyone around tells/wants her to be; Her inner self is the Edna that longs to be free, she wants to do what she feels like without people judging her. This is why the theme is identity from start to finish Edna is struggling between who others want her to be vs. what she wants to be.
TONE, STYLE: The tone of The Awakening is one of a somber, serious, and solemn. The reason Kate Chopin choice for the use of a serious tone is from the third person point of view to feel more like you are

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