Suicide in The Awakening
What is suicide? "(Suicide is) the act of self-destruction by a person sound in mind and capable of measuring his (or her) moral responsibility" (Webster 1705). "No one really knows why human beings
commit suicide. Indeed, the very person who takes his (or her) own life may be least aware at the moment of decision of the essence of his (or her) reasons and emotions for doing so. At the outset, it
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looked into the distance . . . heard her father's voice and her sister Maragret's" (Chopin, 698), and then she was gone.
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