Untitled Essay, Research Paper
By: Alan Eugene Sims, Jr.
Awakening by Kate Chopin- How Marriage Can/Should Work
Marriages in the 1990’s have become uncommon, or they become unstable as
relationship between the individuals progresses. The book Awakening, written
Chopin, that was written about a woman named Edna Pontellier’s sexual awakening
shows repeated examples of how a marriage should and should not work. Her
to Leonce Pontellier shows that marriage needs understanding of feelings
husband and wife, mutual effort from the individuals, and sexual connection.
Pontellier’s marriage shows that without these key aspects, a marriage will
They especially show that by not understanding one another’s emotions, prosperous
matrimony does not exist.
In the Awakening, Leonce and Edna Pontellier often fight, or Leonce feels
way about a situation while Edna looks at it differently. In an early instance
in the book,
Mr. Pontellier makes Edna cry when he says that their son Raoul is running
Leonce reprimands her, saying that she does not take care of the kids. He
feels he should
not have to stay at home and take care of the kids while attending to his
Mrs. Pontellier was brought up in Bluegrass Country in Kentucky, a society
radically different from the Creol community. When her kids are sick or when
they do not come running to their mother. Adele Ratignolle is the perfect
or the mother that gives all and everything to her kids. Edna does not try
to be the perfect
mother-woman that her husband expects her to be. Mr. Pontellier also shows
that he does
not understand his wife’s feelings when he goes to Dr. Mandelet. He asks
the doctor for
advice, but Leonce cannot even explain the problem that he sees in Edna.
Due to Leonce
and Edna Pontellier’s constant confusion of feelings, their marriage does
In marriage, there should be a sexual connection between husband and wife.
When Edna moves out of her house in New Orleans, she moves into a place called
as the Pigeon House. She encounters an affair with Alcee Arobin, which makes
happy. Her affair with Alcee was a very delicate subject in the book, but
she finally gave
herself to Arobin. Edna spent endless nights with Leonce, but the book quotes
would not go to sleep until she encountered Arobin’s warm embrace. Edna also
that a marriage needs sexual relations by her love of Robert. Even though
she was not
married to him, she was still in love with him. Robert left her because he
knew he would
make a mistake by staying at Grand Isle, the summer resort. Edna committed
because she could not have Robert to hold and to love. This shows that bad
happen if there is no intimate connection between lovers.
Even more important than a relationship having an intimate connection is
mutual effort of both individuals. Edna has violent feelings that Leonce
not understand. He goes to see Dr. Mandelet, and asks him for his advice.
incidence shows that Leonce is very willing to change his relationship, but
he needs help.
Leonce also shows that he wants his marriage to work, when he sits outside
while Edna lies on the hammock. Edna locks up her feelings and never tells
she is thinking about. If Edna showed that she cared about her kids more,
make a major difference. The Pontellier’s marriage goes on with many
Leonce and Edna Pontellier’s marriage goes on with many mishaps. They try
make things work by having different aspects that a marriage should have.
understanding one another’s feelings, mutual effort from both individuals
and a sexual
connect they could not make things work. The Awakening displays how a marriage
should not work; by reading this book, marriages in the 1990’s might work