What awakenings does Edna experience in The Awakening?

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There are many pivotal moments that awaken Edna, but her awakening seems to occur in large part through her relationships with other people (particularly men).

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In Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening, her protagonist, Edna goes through many different awakenings. In the beginning of the story, she experiences feelings that she cannot quite understand or articulate. As the story goes on she begins to understand what is happening to her. She has a sexual awakening, which she realizes from Alcee and Robert, not her husband. She understands that she still has sexual feelings when she thought she didn't. 

Edna also has an artistic awakening. She longs to paint and explore art. She wants to travel and see the world. In addition, she has an awakening in which she understands her identity--not as a wife or a mother, but as a woman. She understands that she is significant as a person and woman, separate from the traditional gender roles prescribed for women.

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What is Edna's process of awakening in "The Awakening"?

Edna Pontellier's awakening to a greater sense of personal freedom seems to take great strides in her encounters with other people who model or demonstrate to her that freedom in their own behavior.  The first pivotal moment for Edna is listening to the piano playing of Madame Adèle Ratignolle, which inspires in Edna a sublime sense of freedom.  Madame Ratignolle herself lives an independent life that she seems to enjoy, and so Edna begins to form a friendship with her. 

Edna’s other friendships, with Robert Lebrun and later Alcée Arobin, also encourage in her a new sense of freedom, particularly as she is stepping outside her role of wife and mother to spend time with these men in what we might call summer flings.  Speaking of her feelings for Robert, the narrator comments,

For the first time, she recognized the symptoms of infatuation which she had felt incipiently as a child, as a girl in her early teens, and later as a young woman. The recognition did not lessen the reality, the poignancy of the revelation by any suggestion or promise of instability. The past was nothing to her; offered no lesson which she was willing to heed. The future was a mystery which she never attempted to penetrate. The present alone was significant; was hers, to torture her as it was doing then with the biting conviction that she had lost that which she had held, she had been denied that which her impassioned, newly awakened being demanded. 

Robert introduces Edna to the country creole society on a day trip that shows her a more relaxed and down-to-earth culture that she admires; both men encourage her awakening as they react to her as a woman, rather than as a wife or mother, roles she increasingly despises.  After she moves to her own apartment, Alcée accompanies her to the racetrack, widening her experience of the world in a similar way to her trip with Robert. 

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What are all the steps Edna takes in her awaking in the book the awakening

Check right here on Enotes for lesson plans that include timelines in Edna Pontellier's life, which will help you see the points in chronological order.

Meanwhile, in Kate Chopin's The Awakening we witness a series of events that make up the transformation in Edna's character. However, her characteristics come as a result of her upbringing. Edna is a product of her social status and her generation. She is meant to be a wife, mother, and supporter. That is all.

However, the first indication that we get from her awakening is when she meets Robert LeBrun, who shows her the attention and the care that her own husband never does. This is the first time that Edna realizes that she has a passionate nature that can only be awoken when someone appreciates it. She even goes back in time to remember her earlier girly crushes, all of which were philosophical or artistic. She realizes right there and then that the type of love that she feels for others is seldom reciprocated.

The second indication is that Edna is bold enough to go about with Robert without caring what everyone else would think. After he leaves, he real desolation begins. She enters her true state of awakening after Robert leaves without telling her.

Later, Edna allows her husband to take off with her children while she remains alone, and later on moves into the "pigeon hole". This is a direct insubordination, so to speak, to the proper rules of behavior of women of her class. She basically abandons her family and her obligations. She demonstrates that she does not care anymore.

After moving into the "pigeon hole" and carrying on, she is too late to realize that she has lost her chance to change her life. Her "awakening" to her own sexuality, and her sense of self, has come too late.

The last note she receives from Robert, where he tells her that he leaves her for good "because he loves her" seals the deal. She has awoken to a life that she does not want to accept. What now? She finally realizes her passion for life, her ease for love, her need for a different life. Yet, nobody will be there for her to share her discovery. Therefore, she does her last act: She gives herself in to the ocean in a suicidal act that is far from morbid. She simply admits that she has lived life erroneously. Hence, she must be reborn again.

Concisely, Edna goes from being a dutiful and tolerant wife spending her vacation with her family, to falling in love and going about with Robert. She sheds all family duties in favor of finding herself only to realize that she is alone in her findings. In the end, she realizes that she has lived a life of expectations, and not hopes nor dreams. After realizing this, she simply gives herself in and ends her life. It is not a life she can live by any longer.

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