The Awakening

Edna A Woman Ahead of Her Time Playing the role of a wealthy New Orleans housewife, Edna searches for fulfillment in her conventional 19th century life of a woman. I mention playing the role because you will discover that playing a part is all that she is doing. Even with children, a generous husband, and financial stability, Edna finds herself wanting more from life. She is a woman ahead of her time. Buried within her soul, she uncovers a great hunger for knowledge and a need for personal independence. The spell of a generic happiness lifts, and Edna awakens. She is awakened by a man/boy names Robert LeBrun. He helps her discover how much more life has to offer. At Grand Isle, the Pontelliers summer retreat, Edna befriends a handsome, younger, Robert LeBrun. Robert and Edna stroll along the ocean arm in arm, carry on conversations that last hours, and feel comfortable and at rest in the others presence. To Edna, Robert is her equal, a partner on the journey of living. With an excitement for life and good social stature, Robert appeals to Edna. He sparks something inside of her that causes her to look at herself in a different light. Edna sees that she is a living, breathing woman who has become someone that she does not want to be. She wants to create for herself a life guided by her own thoughts and feelings. She wants to be in control of her actions. One afternoon, Edna and Robert are out together when Edna becomes hot and dizzy. They stop at a friends cottage so that she can rest. Alone in a quiet corner room of the cozy sea-side haven, Edna took off her shoes and stockings and stretched herself in the very center of the high, white bed. How luxurious it felt to rest thus in a strange, quaint bed, with its sweet country odor of laurel lingering about the sheets and mattress! She ran her fingers through her loosened hair for a while. She looked at her round arms as she held them straight up and rubbed …

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