Sea of Safety
The voice of the seas is seductive; never ceasin, whipering, clammoring,
murmruing, invitiong the sould to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose
itelf in mazes of inward contemplation.(1100)
nothing. Edna sees it as all of the burdens she has before her as a southern, white woman
Ratignolle which she cannot live up to. ?In short, Mrs. Pontellier was nto a
mother-woman.?(1018) Where Edna?s rebellious stresak had pushed her into her
sees the marriage now, as purely an accident. ? As the devoted wife of a man who
worshipped her, she felt she would take her place with certain dignity int he world of
reality, closing the portals oforever behind her upon the realm of romance and
been carefully placed and planned out may be shattered. She longs to loosen the tight
grip her husband has on her, and to destroy the control he has established.
Once she stopped, and taking off her wedding ring, flung it upon the carpet.
But her small boot heel did not make an indenture, not a mark upon the little
flung it upon he tiles of the hearth. She wanted to destroy something.(1052)
As the sea continues to tempt her, the desire to leave the safety of the harbor and
be open to change becomes more intense. A new way of thinking and a renewed
independence becomes more realistic with every step towards the now almost sensuous
security and false independence.
As Edna begins to explore her strength or lack there of, in the dark, black sea, she
begins her plight of independence. As a source for rebellion and independence, Edna
need for independence; As she now feels alone in her unraveling world. When the family
returns home, she takes up painting, long lonely strolls, and canceling her visiting days,
rebellion in her life. Renting a house was also a huge step, and not something that people
looke upon favorablly. When Robert returns, Edna is ready to break every rule possible
as they have theinr entire lives and and to finally break free of her husbands tight strict
Edna alone to face her monotonous marriage.
life she stood naked in the open air, at the mercy of the sun, the breeze that beat upon
Edna won?t ever really escape and will end up giving in as she does. She is at the mercy
of the elements.
its soft, close embrace.? (1101) To remind us, how Edna longed for the idependence
that she saw in the restless waves. Her passion growing so intense it needed some outlet
to dispurse. Her husband in her mind, was not worthy, and her lover had turned her way.
The sea called to this woman?s soul and it will help put out the flames of desire and of
being ?awakened,? with its cool embrace.
In the beginning of the novel, the sea was something to be feared, the unknown
has to offer tempted her in over her head. Then it becomes her safety in its ?embrace.?
This safety sends Edna off with a false sense of independence. Realizing the absence of
Only ?she did not look back now…?( 1101)
She left her controlling husband, the demands of motherhood, the pretensions of
sea and all of its promises. She finally becomes independent and makes up her mind,
decides her fate, and embraces it whole heartedly.