This book was originally titled "A Solitary Soul," which I think is fitting in some ways, but not quite so. "The Awakening" is a much better title for it. As with all good novels, this one didn't really present any kind of moral or anything, but also, as with all novels, I certainly discovered a few things. The one thing I learned from this book is that we have to follow our hearts no matter how "wrong" it may be, no matter how socially or familially unacceptable it may seem, no matter who gets hurt in the process.
I'll try not to spoil it at all (YOU SHOULD TOTALLY READ IT), but the ending is heart-breaking simply because what may well have been "following one's heart" for Edna, seemed literally to be an impossibility. I hope that we can all find a way to follow our hearts regardless of all the pressures and expectations that bombard us every day.
And if you're anything like me and Edna, the best place to go to think and listen to the great whisperings of your soul is definitely the beach (don't forget the sunscreen).