Rethinking Edna Analytical Essay by numero uno

Rethinking Edna
A literary portrayal of the lead character of the book "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin.
# 8273 | 2,480 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 04, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines a literary character's quest for self-determination. The writer illustrates how Edna tries with all her might to free herself from the ties that bind - familial, social, locational, romantic - in a desperate effort to achieve freedom and independence.

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"The character may overcome obstacles in the text and move from a controlled existence to one in which he or she steps above or beyond the constrains imposed upon her by the other characters, but any feeling of independence and freedom is but a mirage the character is still under the author's iron fist. If the character enjoys any free will at all, it is only in the paradigm of a controlled literary experience: regardless of how mad Hamlet may act, he acts no more mad than Shakespeare intended him to be; if Sidney Carton suddenly throws off all the shackles of his life and moves to sacrifice himself for his love, that ultimate succession " it is a far, far better thing I do " frees him only inasmuch as Charles Dickens will allow; and if Tyrone Slothrop truly gets scattered all over the zone and virtually disappears from "Gravity's Rainbow," he cannot escape his status as protagonist of the novel, because Thomas Pynchon has designed him to fit that role."

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