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Why do Edna dislike  her husband Leonce Pontellier ?Leonce has a lot of money

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sopinile | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 30, 2011 at 9:55 PM via web

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Why do Edna dislike  her husband Leonce Pontellier ?

Leonce has a lot of money

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ejmcdon2 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 31, 2011 at 12:49 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the major themes of Chopin's "The Awakening" is the search for selfhood or identity. The novel's time period of the late 1800's gave women very few opportunities for self expression and independence. In Edna's quest for self discovery and autonomy, her husband is clearly an obstacle. It is not that she dislikes him on a personal level but society demanded that women be subservient to their husbands. Conflict ensues between Edna and Léonce when she begins to assert her independence.

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