Does Chopin seem to admire Edna from The Awakening?
Chopin often portrays Edna in a sympathetic way. She presents Edna's discontent with her socially-prescribed role as a wife and mother without scorn or condemnation, and she conveys Edna's sexual awakening and desire to break free from her loveless marriage in a similar manner. In the end, Edna comes to understand "clearly what she had meant long ago when she said to Adele Ratignolle that she would give up the unessential, but she would never sacrifice herself for her children." What this means is that Edna perceives her life as "unessential," as she is willing to sacrifice it in order to preserve her newfound sense of freedom. What is essential, and what she will not give up, is the need for freedom and identity. She imagines her children as "antagonists . . . who had overpowered and sought to drag her in the soul's slavery for the rest of her days. But she knew a way to elude them." In death, Edna would be a slave to no one; she would not be beholden to her children, to her husband, to...
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