Thursday, January 23, 2020
EdnaÃ¢â¬â¢s Realization in Chapter 28 of ChopinÃ¢â¬â¢s The Awakening :: Chopin Awakening
EdnaÃ¢â¬â¢s Realization in Chapter 28 of ChopinÃ¢â¬â¢s The Awakening The fifteen lines of chapter 28 express EdnaÃ¢â¬â¢s multi-voiced mindset after her relationship with Arobin exceeds the boundaries of friendship. The chapter opens with her crying and then explores the process of guilt as it sets in. EdnaÃ¢â¬â¢s guilt, however, is afflicted by the other figures in her life, not by her own sense of wrongdoing. The manipulating voices in EdnaÃ¢â¬â¢s life do affect her, but they do not linger as they once did. It is her voice, her realization, that comes at the end. The chapterÃ¢â¬â¢s second line, Ã¢â¬Å"It was only one phase of the multitudinous emotions which had assailed her,Ã¢â¬ suggests that EdnaÃ¢â¬â¢s emotions are influenced by other individuals; the primary definition of Ã¢â¬Å"multitudinousÃ¢â¬ is Ã¢â¬Å"including a multitude of individualsÃ¢â¬ (Merriam WebsterÃ¢â¬â¢s Collegiate Dictionary). It is as if more individuals than just her self populate EdnaÃ¢â¬â¢s mind. These men (she hears no womenÃ¢â¬â¢s voices) express their own wishes and wants, not EdnaÃ¢â¬â¢s. Their voices and emotions Ã¢â¬Å"assailÃ¢â¬ her violently. First, Edna feels irresponsible - an odd emotion after an unfaithful act. She feels irresponsible as a married woman for she has not performed her appropriate duties, or rather, she has performed inappropriate duties as a married woman. This irresponsibility is the voice of society. Edna additionally experiences a sense of shock at something new, something out of the ordinary. Her customary way of life does not include intense sexual situations. Next, Edna senses her husbandÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬Å"reproachÃ¢â¬ - his rebuke and disapproval. She does not sense his anger or his jealousy, emotions which would perhaps be more appropriate for a man whose wife has been unfaithful to him. Rather, he is concerned with what Ã¢â¬Å"societyÃ¢â¬ will say. Her mindÃ¢â¬â¢s portrayal of Mr. PontellierÃ¢â¬â¢s response is quite accurate; when Edna writes her husband to let him know she is moving out, he is not angry or sad, but rather concerned with societyÃ¢â¬â¢s estimation of the situation. He joins society in disapproving of her. Then comes RobertÃ¢â¬â¢s reproach, which she attributes to a Ã¢â¬Å"quicker, fiercer, more overpowering love....Ã¢â¬ RobertÃ¢â¬â¢s disapproval, then, comes from love, not from societyÃ¢â¬â¢s cares and not from a desire to protect her (or himself) from societyÃ¢â¬â¢s judgment. Yet this love is not RobertÃ¢â¬â¢s, but rather her own. The love has Ã¢â ¬Å"awakened within her toward himÃ¢â¬ - and thus appears the title of the novel. She has been awakened to her love of him.