Literary Device Dictionary
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Throughout the story, Edna grew more isolated and increasingly desperate for attention. Taking place right before Edna's death,"Exhaustion was pressing upon and overpowering her. 'Good-bye-- because I love you"'(Chopin 156). The community perceived Edna as a loving mother and caring wife, who had no other options but to commit suicide, when in reality, it was her own choices that led to her death. She felt alone with no other choices because she was unhappy in her marriage and having many affairs, while the one she truly loved left her for adventure. She also isolated herself from her closest friends and family leaving only herself to share her problems with.