Journal 2 - together “Mrs Pontellier was beginning to...

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Emily Haggard 9/5 The Awakening Journal #2 Edna who is married to Leonce is caught up in a very predictable and routine life. The couple lives in New Orleans and goes to Grand Isle. In Grand Isle Edna meets Robert, a man that would open her eyes to a different more exciting life. She is excited to learn more about herself. After finding she can do more exciting things, she starts to neglect some of her responsibilities at home. The more that Edna goes through, the more she is able to become independent. To “wake up” for Edna means to discover herself. After spending time with Robert, Edna returns to painting and art like she did when she was a child, and she learns to swim. She is able to discover a new since of independence. Edna discovers a different side of herself that she likes. A side that is more open to new ideas, more artistic, and sees herself in a new light. Robert was a way for her to escape her old life and add some excitement to her life. They began to spend a lot of time together and grow closer
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Unformatted text preview: together. “Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being and to recognize her reactions as an individual to the world within and about her”. This shows that the more that she spends time with Robert, the more she thinks that she is awakening to her new life. Mademoiselle Reisz is a very important character to the journey of self discovery that Edna goes through. Mademoiselle feels very strongly about following your dreams. She encourages Edna to act on her feelings for Robert and on her love of art. She helps Edna to see that she does not have to be afraid of her feelings. One consequence to exploring her new found freedom and independence she becomes cut off from her husband, her children, and her friends. For Edna to wake up in this book means for her to begin to acknowledge the person that she has wanted to be. She is able to act on her thoughts and feelings after being some what of a prisoner in her own life....
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