By committing suicide Edna does exactly what she already has predicted earlier:
Edna step by step relieves herself from the obligations of her surrounding and undergoes a development that leads to new strength and independence. However, Edna never succeeds in reaching full individuality and goes the only possible way: Edna is surrounded by a society she cannot identify with and does not want to be part of.
The role of the woman in the 19th century was clearly limited to being a mother and wife. Edna does not feel satisfied with this life, as she desires to make her own rules and decisions.
During her awakening, she brakes free from the social conventions and tries to lead an independent life. Yet although Edna begins to be independent, the only way she can complete her intention is to commit suicide.
However, in the summer vacation at Grand Isle Edna begins to understand that she does not want to be oppressed any longer. Slowly, she frees herself from all the duties and refuses the world she has been living in. She lets go of everything around her: She brakes free from financial as well as domestic domination, and even leaves her children to seek for her desires.
In the 19th century the supremacy of a woman was motherhood, and they were judged by their qualities as mothers and wives. Edna, however, does not want to be possessed by her husband and children, and she refuses to self-sacrifice herself for them.
She feels that not only the duties of caring for her children, but also motherhood itself limit her independence to become an individual. As Edna sees no future in combining motherhood and selfhood, the only possibility for her is to commit suicide, which offers her the only way of eluding her children.
This hints at the impossibility to be mother as well as individual. In committing suicide Edna gives up everything and leaves nothing that could get destroyed.
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Twayne Publishers, The Awakening" the protagonist Edna commits suicide. The remaining question for the reader is: Does Edna's suicide show that she succeeded or failed in her struggle for independence?
Edna's new life in independency seems to be going well especially after Robert had returned from Mexico. Kate Chopin'sThe Awakeningends with Edna Pontellier's suicide after a long period of self-realization.
This self-realization leads her to conclude that life, as she has come to know it, does not. Edna does not intend to commit suicide. Instead, she embraces, a little too enthusiastically, Mademoiselle Reisz's feeling that the artist needs the "courageous soul .
What is suicide? Webster defines suicide as, "The act of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally" (). Throughout The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, the main character Edna Pontellier struggles vigorously to escape the shackles of society. Suicide in Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening Suicide is often thought of as a very sad and quick answer to problems, such as depression but in Kate Chopin's novel, she ironically portrays suicide as a passage to freedom.
Edna’s suicide. The interpretation of Edna Pontellier’s suicide at the end of Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening needs a two-fold approach: on the one hand Edna fails life because she cannot find a for her bearable way to go on with her life - to “resolve the conflict between the urge toward self-realization and the constricting conventions of society” 1; on the other hand, however Pages: