The different female characters within the novel have unlikely personalities. Edna is much different from Adele Ratignole and Madame Reisz. Edna goes about her life. Where Adele Ratignole is the ideal mother and wife. Throughout The Awakening we see Edna finding her lifestyle unappealing. We see throughout the novel her observation of Adele Ratignole and her husband.
In Chapter 18, Edna’s observation is more prominent:
The little glimpse of domestic harmony which had been offered her, gave her no regret, no longing. It was not a condition of life which fitted her, and she could see in it but an appalling and hopeless ennui.
Edna’s character starts to unveil realities that was snubbed during the 19th century. As a mother, as a wife and as a woman she acknowledges her friend Adele’s happy marriage, but also doesn’t want to be like Madame Reisz and her longing for something more. Edna’s character is a different version of a woman in the 19th century, a woman who is awaken by whats around her and see’s what she wants and what she doesn’t want.