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Kate Chopin: The, awakening, edna s suicide : The, awakening
When she is with him, she is herself, and she is his equal. Interestingly, I know of horatio, Hamlets Confidant a very small handful of "romantic comedies" by Shakespeare in which a romantic context does end happily, unlike the ending in Romeo and Juliet. Ednas true feelings towards Leonce. Edna Pontelliers society, therefore, abounds with mother-women, who idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it to a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals. Similarly to Ednas relationship with her children is that with her husband, Leonce. Edna oscillates between the two identities until she awakens to the fact that she needs to be an individual, but encounters the resistance of societys standards to her desire. She begins to want more. Edna craves mental exercise, personal independence, and company that she can feel equal to (unlike her husband). Awakening, Edna increasingly distances herself from the image of the mother- woman, until her suicide, which serves as the total opposite of the mother-woman image. She paints, listens to beautiful music, reads books in the garden, and learns how to enjoy moments in time. The first changes occurred when she began sleeping when she pleased and spent time doing want she wanted, mostly painting or swimming. Ednas leaving Leonces mansion is another important detail when considering her rebellion against the mother-woman idea.