Although Robert Lebrun is the man whom Edna truly loves, Arobin satisfies Edna’s physical urges while Robert is in Mexico.
Throughout their passionate affair, Edna retains authority and never allows Alcée to own or control her.
Very concerned with social appearances, Léonce wishes Edna to continue the practices expected of New Orleans women despite her obvious distaste for them.
His relationship with Edna lacks passion and excitement, and he knows very little of his wife’s true feelings and emotions.
Edna Pontellier - Edna is the protagonist of the novel, and the “awakening” to which the title refers is hers.
The twenty-eight-year-old wife of a New Orleans businessman, Edna suddenly finds herself dissatisfied with her marriage and the limited, conservative lifestyle that it allows.
Doctor Mandelet - Doctor Mandelet is Léonce and Edna’s family physician.
When Edna begins actively to pursue personal independence, she seeks Mademoiselle Reisz’s companionship.While her lifestyle and attitude contrast with Edna’s increasing independence, Adèle unwittingly helps facilitate her friend’s transformation.Her free manner of discourse and expression, typical of Creole women of the time, acts as a catalyst for Edna’s abandonment of her former reserved and introverted nature.They represent the form of young love accepted by society.Always appearing in conjunction with the lady in black, the lovers represent the stage of a woman’s life that precedes her maternal duties.