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Eng 224 awakening

Eng 224 awakening - have no love for her Toward the final...

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The Awakening The story is an effectively written emotional rollercoaster. Initially the story is about a woman with the perfect life with a spouse and children with no troubles, but dramatically moves to a life full of lies and deceit. With the focus on Edna, she starts out not knowing or hearing her own true thoughts and thinking solely of others, but slowly begins to think of herself and is awakened by her own true thoughts. She realizes how life should be and what she wants to do. In the beginning Edna seems to wear a mask and cover her true feelings of life. It is not until the end of the book that this becomes apparent that caring for others is far too hard for her. She also feels as though her kids and husband only see her as a possession and
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Unformatted text preview: have no love for her. Toward the final chapter Edna begins to shake off her norms of society and explores life in a new way. She has an affair with a man other than her husband. She then moves on to several other sexual adventures. But soon her dreams come crashing down. After admitting defeat and tired of wearing her mask Edna leaves her troubles at the shore and swims out to her watery grave. Edna is compared to a bird powerful and mighty flying over the ocean, yet the bird is fluttering, beaten, and tattered, falling down to the ocean to drown and end the misery. “A bird with a broken wing was beating the air above, reeling, fluttering, circling disabled down, down to the water.”(American Lit.: Chopin 624)...
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