The Awakening | Study Guide

Kate Chopin

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The Awakening | Chapter 28 | Summary



Edna is prey to conflicting emotions after Alcée leaves. She feels irresponsible, shocked, and sad that the physical feelings she had experienced with Alcée were not directed toward someone she loved, namely Robert.


Edna is more like a ship drifting on the sea than the captain of her own ship. Edna turns away from her marriage and societal norms, but this leaves her unmoored. No matter how strongly she feels she must walk away from these things, since they are not truly part of her they were a form of stability that she now lacks. She wants to funnel her physical passion toward Robert, but he is unavailable.

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