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Alex GearyMrs. RiccioSeptember 23, 2017An Identity Lost at SeaKate Chopin’s short story The Awakening focuses on a young woman named Edna who struggles to find her identity in a society that expects women to complete the role assigned to them. During the victorian era, women were expected to marry and look after their children while the fathers provide for their family. Edna Pontellier is oppressed by the men in her life and is pressured into committing suicide because she defies society’s expectations. She can’t leave her husband because that isn’t socially acceptable. For the time period she lives in, her marriage is ideal because her husband gives her a home and does a good job providing for a family. She wants to experience love, which is why she starts cheating on her husband Leonce with Robert and Arobin. Edna knew that there was no escaping the consequences of her actions. Edna’s refusal to obey society’s rules is the major factor leading to her downfall. The constant pressure Edna receives from men regarding her role as a woman leads to her suicide.Before Robert went on his trip to Mexico, him and Edna were in love. The love she felt for him was true, unlike her loveless marriage. When Robert went to Mexico, Edna waited anxiously for a letter. She never receives a letter directly from him, but knows other people that had received letters. The reason that Robert doesn’t send Edna letters, according to Robert’s mother, “is because he loves you, poor fool, and is trying to forget you, since you are not free to listen to him or belong to him… Why do you love him when you ought not to?” (Chopin 46-47).