The Hopeless Plight: Edna's Struggle with Identity and Society

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She says: I would give up the unessential; I would give my money; I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn't give myself. I can't make it more clear; it's only something I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me.(62) This specifically contrasts the mother-woman idea of self-sacrificing for your husband and children...
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Also, the "something . . . which is revealing itself" does not become completely clear to Edna herself until just before the end, when she does indeed give her life, but not her self for her children's sake. Although Edna loves her children she does not confuse her own life with theirs. Similarly to Edna's relationship with her children is that with her husband, Leonce...
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