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The Awakening by Kate Chopin


The mentioned excerpt from the novel, “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin presents forth an insight into the dualistic nature of Edna, where her life is divided into factions, an inward faction and an outward one, moreover showing an identity crisis with which the protagonist may be suffering. The relationship of a husband and wife is particularly based on the notions of love, trust, and understanding. Contrary to which, the foremost of Edna’s inner troubles include the incapacity to interact and communicate with her husband and express her love for him. Similarly, her husband too remains futile in attaching himself with her. This may be primarily because of the reason that Edna was brought up in the environment and in such an atmosphere, where the expression of sentiments and emotions was never encouraged, nor was ever revealed. The only person Edna is able to connect with is her friend, Madame Ratignolle, with whom, Edna shares most of her feelings and emotions. Edna is able to interact with Madame Ratignolle easily because of the feminist relationship between these two characters. Both the characters depict a deep sense of emotion for motherhood and feminism because of which they can easily open up to each other. Another of Edna’s inner fears could be the level of intimacy in her relationship with her friend, Madame Ratignolle and her attraction towards her friend, not because of the gaining of sympathies between the two but because of the fact that Edna considered her friend very beautiful and lovely.

Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. New York: Capricorn Books, 1964. Print.

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