A plot analysis of the awakening by kate chopin

She makes plans to move out of her husband's house.

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Table of Contents Plot Overview The Awakening opens in the late s in Grand Isle, a summer holiday resort popular with the wealthy inhabitants of nearby New Orleans. Exposure to such openness liberates Edna from her previously prudish behavior and repressed emotions and desires. At her great moment of awakening, she suddenly learns how to swim, after being frustrated in her efforts before. Edna spends the rest of the summer longing for his company. She wants to be independent and doesn't want her husband to have any sort of claim on her. In a few days she throws a small dinner party to celebrate her birthday and her moving out of the house. He realizes his feelings for Edna are getting out of control, so he runs off to Mexico. She eats solitary, peaceful dinners, visits her friends, and does quite a bit of painting.

Denouement Edna and Robert break up. Conclusion Edna returns to Grand Isle and swims out to sea.

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Their relationship is a source of confusion and anxiety to her. She makes plans to move out of her husband's house. Robert mentions marriage, only to be rejected by Edna. In a few days she throws a small dinner party to celebrate her birthday and her moving out of the house. Never emotionally attached to Arobin, Edna maintains control throughout their affair, satisfying her animalistic urges but retaining her freedom from male domination. At her great moment of awakening, she suddenly learns how to swim, after being frustrated in her efforts before. Edna and Robert fall in love with each other as Edna's husband continues being dominating and oblivious. Due to Robert's constant presence, Edna starts to experience a change within herself: she begins to develop a sense of herself as a whole person, with unique wants, interests, and desires. Copy to Clipboard. This is suspenseful because, while Edna and Robert profess their love, Robert doesn't realize is that Edna has become an independent, sexually confident woman. His frequent business-related absences mar his domestic life with Edna. Edna is distraught at his departure, remaining obsessed with him long after she and her family have returned to New Orleans. Much to her distress, she encounters Robert accidentally, when he comes to visit Mademoiselle Reisz while Edna happens to be there. The dialogues build from previous dialogues: much is revealed in what people say or do not say. Edna also becomes romantically involved with Arobin, a fashionable young man with a bad reputation.

While he is sitting with his eyes closed, Edna gives him a kiss, to which he passionately responds. She and Robert also spend a lot of time in and near the ocean. Soon, Robert leaves Grand Isle for Mexico, where he hopes to forget the illicit romance.

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The doctor advises him to leave his wife alone, and even though he suspects that Edna may be in love with another man, he says nothing. Edna returns to the site of her first "awakening" since she can no longer sleep. Meanwhile, back in New Orleans, Edna becomes increasingly independent. In contrast to Madame Ratignolle's character is Mademoiselle Reisz, a brilliant pianist also vacationing on Grand Isle. She also learns to swim and becomes aware of her independence and sexuality. Not long after, Edna returns to Grand Isle. Without really thinking, she begins to swim out into the ocean. She swims further and further out to sea and ends up drowning. Suddenly, a message from Madame Ratignolle arrives, saying that she is in labor.

Edna returns to the site of her first "awakening" since she can no longer sleep. She also learns to swim and becomes aware of her independence and sexuality.

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