“The Awakening” Personal Response

“The Awakening” by Kate Chopin told the story of a woman named Edna who struggled between living the life of a traditional wife and mother and the life of an independent, free willing woman. She felt trapped in a family that she viewed as a burden. After reading the story, I felt Edna was more of a disgrace to women. It was quite obvious that she mainly focused only about herself and what she wanted, instead of caring for her children and husband. The way I think a woman based on today’s society should act in a marriage and towards her family are totally different then the way Edna acted.
When we first started reading “The Awakening”, my first assumption about Edna was that she was a selfish, conceited woman. This assumption was proven to me at the very beginning of the book too. As shown in the third chapter when her husband Mr. Pontellier returned home from playing billiards. He was getting ready for bed while he was telling his wife, “the sole object of his existence,” about the “bits of news and gossip that he had gathered during the day”. She then replied by having “little interest in things which concerned him and [that she] valued so little his conversation”. When he went to check on his children who were sleeping, he discovered that his son had a fever. He then went and informed Edna who replied by saying that the child went to bed perfectly well and that there was no way he had a fever. This showed that Edna was a conceited woman who cared little for her husband and children. I feel like Edna had way more options to chose from rather than death, and to leave her children without a mother and her husband having to take care of them himself as well as continuing to work to provide for them.