In the novel the awakening, kate chopin (2005) uses deep symbolism to show how the main character, edna pontellier, discovers her own independence in the society in which she lived edna was a traditional mother and wife seeking freedom and independence throughout her adult life. Many of kate chopin’s other stories feature passionate, unconventional female protagonists, but none presents a heroine as openly rebellious as edna the details and specifics of edna’s character are key to understanding the novel and its impact on generations of readers.
“edna pontellier’s strip tease of essentiality: an examination of the metaphorical role of clothing in kate chopin’s the awakening” sigma tau delta review 7 (2010): 116-123. May edna pontellier's actions in the novel the awakening, by kate chopin, ever be justifiable society accuses edna of being selfish and unjustifiable in her behavior and actions.
Character analysis-edna pontellier the awakening by kate chopin character bio edna is the protagonist of the novel, and represents the “awakening” which is the name of the novel edna is a 28 year old wife of a new orleans businessman, leonce pontellier. The awakening by kate chopin: characters, themes & symbols discover why the late nineteenth-century novel the awakening caused quite a scandal when it was first published in kate chopin's novel, the main character edna, a young mother and wife, comes undone when her heart is awakened by the attention of another man.
May edna pontellier's actions in the novel the awakening, by kate chopin, ever be justifiable society accuses edna of being selfish and unjustifiable in her behavior and actions she focuses only upon liberates herself from boundaries that constrain her and achieves almost all that she desires.