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In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, can you give me examples of different incidents that describe Edna's awakenings?

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Another event that prompts Edna's awakening is her decision to live in her own apartment, away from her husband and children. In the scene where she shares this information with Mademoiselle Reisz, she is even drinking "liquor from the glass as a man would have done," an act which illustrates her independence from gender stereotypes. She buys the apartment with money inherited from her mother and uses it to create art. Her sketching and painting is also a mark of independence, a sign that she prefers the role of artist to that of homemaker.

Robert's leaving her serves as a rude moment of awakening. Edna's lucid moments are not all about liberation; they are also about alienation and ostracization. Edna is acting against society's expectations, and as a result, she will be lonely. Her lover, Robert, abandoning her shows that even in the realm of romance, she will not be supported—she will be forced to stand alone. This loneliness is what prompts her suicide.

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