Personal Response to The Awakening

The Awakening gives me a thought of chasing what a person really wants but not what the person is given. Edna has a husband that gives her basically everything that most of the women couldn’t get in the period of time. For example, wealth, a good house to live, good food every day, a life without any concerns about the environment she is living in. However, Mr. Pontellier was working so hard for his wife and children, therefore he did not have much time to spend with his family, he always had to work in other places. but he still sends packages to Edna. But she chose Robert, which he is just a normal man that is not as wealthy as Mr. Pontellier. Then she found out she had a crush on him. Edna rather chose what she wants rather than what she is given. She felt she is missing something important that she couldn’t get from Mr. Pontellier. On one side, I felt pity for her not to enjoy and appreciate what she had from her husband. But on the other hand, I respect her of following her heart of what she wants. She had the courage to step up to her true desire. However, the story ended in with a sad ending, Edna got rejected by Robert for leaving with her and she chose to commit suicide by swimming really far in the ocean. But Itrue respect her action of following her heart.

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4 thoughts on “Personal Response to The Awakening”

  1. Great job, Justin 🙂
    I feel, the most important topic of this story might be the gap between people’s hope and reality that people are given, like what you said.

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  2. I like Justin’s comment because he thinks about both sides of this story, but I don’t agree that Edna should be a hero because of following her heart, because she hurt other people around her like her family. “She felt she is missing something important that she couldn’t get from Mr. Pontellier” Justin wrote and that is true. I agree with him that she was in a hard situation and having a lot of sadness, but I just don’t agree with her choices. Still, I think this is an intelligent analysis by Justin.

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  3. A very interesting analysis on how the characters within The Awakening and how Edna reacts with the people around her. Perhaps a further understanding of the relations of Robert and Edna could support your conclusion more.

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