Suicide in the late 1800's as it relates to the protagonist in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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Suicide by Artists in the Late 19th century In the 19th century behavioral and social problems such as problems in the home, intense worries, misery and inebriation were among some of the reasons for artists to commit suicide. Other strong contributions to suicide included social disorganization and alienation. Furthermore, people believed that the denial of the will to live could be found in the fact that some the ways people expressed themselves were not accepted …

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…seems to fit all of the profiles which constitutes her bring an artist. Because of the way society tried to mold Edna, and the way she truly was were so different, I believe that her suicide may have been her only true way out while still maintaining the principles she believed in. Her suicide in the end being the ultimate act of defiance was, and showed her in the end to be a true artist.