The Awakening Essay: 4-6 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman font. Please include page numbers, a title reflective of the content of the essay (not “Awakening Essay”), MLA in-text citations and works cited page for ANY material cited within the text or works consulted that helped you to inform your essay.
Some critics view Edna’s suicide at the end of the novel as a failure to complete her escape from convention—an inability to defy society once stripped of the motivation of a man by her side. Others view her suicide as a final awakening, a decision to give herself to the sea in a show of strength and independence that defies social expectation. Which interpretation do you find more compelling, and why? Use plenty of textual evidence to support your answer.