The Awakening - Maria Gonzalez 23 September 2010 1. . "For...

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Maria Gonzalez 23 September 2010 1. . "For [her children's] sake only she must accept marriage as the termination of her development and must arrest her development. Edna refuses to do this. She fully realizes what she meant when she said she would give everything for her children, even life, but she would not give herself." -Larzer Ziff This statement is valid because o Because Edna cares about her children, she must accept her reality- that even though she has become independent, has new ideals and wants, she has to keep her role in society. She must remain married, even though she does not believe in her marriage. - “The children appeared before her like antagonists who had overcome her; who had overpowered and sought to drag her into the soul’s slavery for the rest of her days.” Chapter 39 o However, even though she does not want her decisions to affect her children’s life, she knows she can not go back to behaving and thinking as she did before her “awakening” - “I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn’t give myself.” Chapter 16 2. "Unfortunately, she fails to see that her passion is for herself, and this error perhaps destroys her." -Harold Bloom This statement is valid because o Edna, mistakenly believes that her passion is for Robert and even for Arobin. However, her passion is only towards herself. She wants to have her freedom, she wants to live by her own ideals, but at the same time she wants to be with Robert. She also wants to leave Leonce but she wants to stay with her children because she cares about them. - This is shown when she is thinking to herself before her suicide. “To-day it is Arobin…it doesn’t matter to me about Leonce Pontellier- but Raoul and Etienne!. .. There was no one thing in the world that she desired…no human being whom she wanted near her except Rober.” Chapter 39 o She does not realize that “she wants too much.” She is being selfish and only cares about herself. When the realization comes, that she cannot have everything she wants, be with Robert, be independent, leave Leonce and not jeopardize her children, she commits suicide. - “Despondency had come upon her there in the wakeful night, and had never lifted.” Chapter 39 o Since, this is the first time that Edna has had these feelings, she does not know how to react. She had never been independent, and has never wanted freedom, so now that she has gained it, she does not know when to stop “wanting.” Robert stimulated her emotional awakening; her desire for love and intimacy. “Edna bit her handkerchief convulsively, striving to hold back and to hide, even from herself as she would have hidden from another, the emotion which was troubling-tearing-her.” Chapter 15. Arobin stimulates her sexual awakening. He pleases her need to be admired and touched. The perfect match would be love and passion. 3. "[Emerson said] `Nothing is got for nothing.' If Edna awakens to her own passion for her own body and
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2011 for the course ENGLISH 103 taught by Professor Gonzalez during the Spring '11 term at New England College.

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