When they fall in love, Robert senses the doomed nature of such a relationship and flees to Mexico under the guise of pursuing a nameless business venture. When summer vacation ends, the Pontelliers return to New Orleans.
Her characterization was strikingly ambivalent for its time: She is neither a flawless heroine nor a fallen woman, and her rebellion seems motivated more by the self-centered desire to fulfill her whims and wishes than to battle for a great cause larger than herself.
Edna is initially symbolized by the caged green-and-yellow parrot of the opening scene, the parrot that insists, in French, that everyone "go away, for God's sake. From the start, she is different from her husband and all her friends because she is a Presbyterian from Kentucky rather than a Creole Catholic.
Physically, she is different from other women with her distinctive face and figure. Also, unlike the other women by whom she is surrounded, she is not a mother-woman, one who is willing to sacrifice her very self to her husband, children, and household.
Although not a particularly strong or rebellious spirit in the past, during her summer on Grand Isle, Edna develops a devotion to the pursuit of passion and sensuality, two qualities lacking in her marriage and home. She has a great weakness for the melodrama of unrequited or unfulfilled love.
The passion she develops for Robert over the summer becomes her all-consuming occupation and, in part, instigates her radical departures from convention upon returning to New Orleans.
Her obsession with Robert is ultimately suspect in its sincerity, given her instinctive attraction to adversity in love. Also key in her development are Mademoiselle Reisz's piano performances, which stir up great emotions in Edna and both feed and enflame her need for some drama in her life.
Edna's days at the racetrack function in the same way: Intoxicated by success at betting on the horses, she is reluctant to come back down to earth.
While she has no romantic feelings for him, she feels a potent physical attraction to him, an attraction that results in a sexual awakening just as Mademoiselle Reisz's piano performances brought about an emotional awakening. Seeking to improve her skills as an artist is another result of her increasing need for self-fulfillment.
As she begins to act in accordance with her own desires rather than with upper-class society's expectations, her illustrations and paintings "grow in force and individuality. Throughout the novel, Edna never looks ahead to the consequences of her actions for herself or anyone else or how the situations she creates will resolve themselves.
Conditions would some way adjust themselves. Overall, Edna's spirit is strong enough to begin a rebellion but too weak to maintain it, although some readers have interpreted her suicide as a triumphant escape from those personal and social forces that she perceived as enslaving her.Kate Chopin's The Awakening In Kate Chopin's, The Awakening, Edna Pontellier came in contact with many different people during a summer at Grand Isle.
Some had little influence on her life while others had everything to do with the way she lived the rest of her life. As the main protagonist, Edna undergoes a significant change in attitude, behavior, and overall character throughout the course of the novel, as she becomes aware of and examines the private, unvoiced thoughts that constitute her true self.
Edna Pontellier - Edna is the protagonist of the novel, and the “awakening” to which the title refers is hers. The twenty-eight-year-old wife of a New Orleans businessman, Edna suddenly finds herself dissatisfied with her marriage and the limited, conservative lifestyle that it allows.
Many of Kate Chopin’s other stories feature passionate, unconventional female protagonists, but none presents a heroine as openly rebellious as Edna.
The details and specifics of Edna’s character are key to understanding the novel and its impact on generations of readers. The Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South.
The Awakening Kate Chopin. BUY SHARE. BUY! Home; Literature Notes; The Awakening; Character Analysis Edna Pontellier Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List. Throughout the novel, Edna never looks ahead to the consequences of her actions for herself or anyone else or how the situations she creates will resolve themselves.