How Is Edna Pontellier In The Awakening

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In the short novel, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, it tells a story of a fairly young woman named Edna Pontellier. The novel starts out with Mrs. And Mr. Pontellier they are in Grand Isle, the place that they go to every summer to get away from the Louisiana heat and it also just for the wealthy, they own a home there. They have two sons which are staying at the cottage of Madame Lebrun. They are all Creoles from the affluent French quarter. Mrs. Edna Pontellier is from Kentucky and not from an as wealthy background as Mr. Léonce Pontellier. Léonce is often away for business leaving Edna alone with the children. Edna spends a lot of time with her friends, her best friend Adele Ratgonielle is also married and a creole. Edna often compares herself to Adele with her marriage and children. Edna knows that Adele is who her husband wanted to marry. Edna’s relationship with Adele begins her “awakening” and self - discovery. During the time Edna spends in Grand Isle she becomes acquainted with a man named…show more content…
Robert is known very well at Grand Isle, he is known for being a flirt with the married women and he chooses one woman each year. Robert is not from the same class as her husband but she begins to develop a love for him anyways. The relationship between Robert and Edna starts out innocent they would usually go out to sea or just simply talk. When she starts developing this relationship with Robert it makes her feel more alive than ever before this also begins her “awakening.” Before leaving Grand Isle she finds out that Robert is leaving to go to Mexico. She is so heartbroken because she and Robert had spent that morning together talking and he had said nothing about it to
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