The Awakening

The Awakening

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  • The novel opens up in Grande Isle, a holiday resort nearby New Orleans, with Edna Pointellier, Leonce Pontellier, her husband, and their two sons at the cottages of Madam Lebrun.
  • I totally agree!
  • Edna meets Adele Ratignolle, a married creole who is described as the ideal "mother-woman".Through her relationship with Adele, Edna learns about freedom of expression which then begins Edna's "awakening" and self-discovery.
  • After meeting Robert Lebrun, the elder son of Madam Lebrun, they got to talking, spending time together, and going on a beach day together. That night when they return to the house Edna has a discussion with Leonce which ends up Edna not sleeping sobbing at the balcony.
  • "I can't believe this is happening right now"
  • Edna finds out Robert left to Mexico and is truly heartbroken. She spends her days with M. Reisz, an elderly woman who Edna is inexplicably drawn to and lifestyle she envies.
  • *The sound of M.Reisz playing piano and Edna being emotionally drawn into the feeling*
  • Edna decides to move to a so called Pigeon House where she is able to feel more independent because it is filled with the objects she has worked hard for, meaning there is nothing that Leonce has bought with her. 
  • "Ahhhh alone at last!!"- Edna
  • Edna tries to figure out a way to please everyone in her life except for herself, which keeps her confused. Knowing there is nothing she can do to make everyone understand her thoughts and feelings she goes to the beach one day and takes her clothing off, gets in the ocean and swims until her body wares out of exhaustion. 
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