Unformatted text preview: Not only is Edna's emerging sense of self revealed in this chapter, but also revealed is her unwillingness to give up this self that is becoming better known to her during this summer of awakening. Her sense of self is based on the sum of her private thoughts and unspoken emotions. Such thoughts constitute a self apart from her identity as a mother, an identity based on externals: certain behaviors, attitudes, and activities constitute motherhood for Edna, rather than an innate sense of connection with or responsibility for her children. Trying to convey this idea to Madame Ratignolle, she says "I would give up the unessential . . . my money . . . my life for my children; but I wouldn't give myself." Of course, in the end she will give her life, but that is no tragedy for her because she designates it "unessential." Interestingly, when relaying the discussion, Chopin shows the two women's fundamental opposition...
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 1310 taught by Professor Pilkington during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08
- The Awakening, Edna, Mademoiselle Reisz