07.08C Cornell Notes.rtf - Topic The Awakening Printed Source Information Author Kate Chopin Title The Awakening Main Ideas \u201cI want to argue that

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Main Ideas “I want to argue that Edna’s awakening is a double one. The first is her agreement that she wants autonomy as a human being… Since she is defining not only a new self, but also a realization of what is possible to her through living as an autonomous person, she is again rebuffed…” (Bogard, 2). The men Edna meets, whom she becomes emotionally dependent upon for her sense of self, reinforce the “either-or” conflict she faces throughout the novel. “This situation is very different from male characters in novels of development, for they are almost always unmarried, and they never have to face the complications of marriage and parenthood in the process of achieving self-determination” (Bogard, 3). After twenty-eight years of harboring her discontent for her true feelings, Edna’s eagerness to be free is understandable. “Edna’s first awakening is Notes Bogard argues that in Chopin’s “The Awakening,” protagonist and heroine Edna undergoes not one, but two awakenings . The first of which occurs when she realizes her desire to become autonomous. Due to this realization, Edna seeks Robert’s love which will support her throughout her search for an authentic self. She learns of the conflict between her life as a conventional housewife and her emergent sense of self. The second awakening, however, teaches Edna that she cannot become autonomous because the traditional Creole norms rebuff this desire. Robert and the other men that contribute to Edna’s transformation from housewife to lover reinforce her second awakening. Upon losing Robert, she realizes that a life in which she is autonomous and free from society’s expectations is an elusive dream. Thus, entrapped by

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