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Who will Edna offer herself in sacrifice for in The Awakening?

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This is a fascinating question regarding this excellent novel concerning the breaking away from contemporary gender roles of a woman who experiences an "awakening" about herself. Certainly Edna says to her friend, Adele, that she would never sacrifice herself for her children. At the end of the novel, when she does sacrifice herself by committing suicide, it is important to ask who she does it for.

Although much debate exists over the meaning of her suicide, I personally think it can be interpreted as a feat showing the courage and determination of Edna. It demonstrates her...

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