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  • Typical Victorian Wife And Mother
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    Even though it was written in the Victorian era, Kate Chopin's The Awakening has several romantic qualities, especially with the main character, as she struggles between society's obligations and her own desires. Chopin writes about a woman who continues to reject the society around her, a notion too radical for Chopin's peers. Edna Pon tellier has the traditional role of both wife and mother, but deep down she wants something more, difficult to do in the restricted Victorian society. The typica...
  • Significance Of Chopins Use Of Symbolism
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    Kate Chopin A Style of her Own Kate Chopin uses symbolism and realism to enhance her theme of social conflict in the lives of women during the nineteenth century. These conflicts seemed to travel from one woman to the next, unnoticed by the rest of society. Chopin used these conflicts as a basis for all of her short stories and novels. This inevitably started turmoil about issues that never were brought out before. This, in turn, opened the eyes of society to the individuality of women. In The A...
  • Edna's Husband
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    Late 19th Century Creole Society as it pertains to: Kate Chopin's The Awakening During the 1890's, New Orleans was an interesting place to be. Characterized by strict social codes, both spoken and unspoken, a prosperous lifestyle was the reward for following these strict laws of the society. This conformity made for a strenuous situation for Edna Pontellier, the protagonist of Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening. It is of utmost necessity that Chopin places Edna in this unique setting, both becau...
  • Relationship Between Robert And Edna
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    The Awakening opens in the late 1800's in Grand Isle, a summer holiday resort popular with the wealthy inhabitants of nearby New Orleans. Edna Pon tellier is vacationing with her husband, L'e once, and their two sons at the cottages of Madame Lebrun, which house affluent Creoles from the French Quarter. L'e once is kind and loving but preoccupied with his work. His frequent business-related absences mar his domestic life with Edna. Consequently, Edna spends most of her time with her friend Ad " ...
  • Second Role Edna
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    The Struggle to Be a Womyn " Every step which she took toward relieving herself from obligations added to her strength and expansion as an individual" (93) The Awakening by Kate Chopin introduces the reader to the life of Edna Pontellier, a woman with an independent nature, searching for her true identity in a patriarchal society that expects women to be nothing more than devoted wives and nurturing mothers. In this paper I will describe Edna's journey of self-discovery and explain why her strug...
  • Edna Pontellier By Society
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    Edna's Struggle and Awakenings Kate Chopin by the means of creations like The Awakening is trying to make the female in society think about her condition and also push the feminism movement. Her depiction of The Awakening is realistic as she develops Edna Pontellier's character from a socially and morally respectable individual to an individual that turns her back on everything that was certain in her life to become independent. She struggles between her subconscious and conscious thoughts as un...
  • Edna's Final Act Of Childish Selfishness
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    In Kate Chopin's The Awakening Edna Pon tellier "awakens" to the realization that she is a person and not the possession of her husband. When she awakens she realizes she is in an oppressive society and that she is no longer one of the mindless member of the majority but an individual who's passion conflicts the responsibility that society feels she should be dedicated to. She finds true love but realizes that to follow it would mean defying the majority and losing her family and everything she ...
  • Edna
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    The Awakening by Kate Chopin was considered very shocking when it was first published because of the "sexual awakening" of the main character, Edna Pon tellier, and her unconventional behavior. Chopin moved to New Orleans after her marriage and lived there for twelve years until the death of her husband. She returned to St. Louis where she began writing. She used her knowledge of Louisiana and Creole culture to create wonderful descriptions of local color, and she incorporated French phrases use...
  • Ednas Road To Maturity Through Immaturity
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    In the Awakening, by Kate Chopin, Edna Pontellier is a married woman with children. However many of her actions seem like those of a child. In fact, Edna Pontellier life is an irony, in that her immaturity allows her to mature. Throughout this novel, there are many examples of this because Edna is continuously searching for herself in the novel. One example of how Ednas immaturity allows her to mature is when she starts to cry when LeV once, her husband, says she is not a good mother. He reproac...
  • Ednas Marriage To Leonce
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    The Awakening The Awakening, written by Kate Chopin, tells the story of a woman, Edna Pontellier, who undergoes a transformation from an obedient housewife to a person who is alive with strength, character and emotions which she no longer has to repress. This metamorphosis is shaped by her surroundings. Just as her behavior is more shocking and horrifying because of her position in Grand Isle society, it is that very position which causes her to feel restrained and makes her yearn to rebel. Adel...
  • Edna And Adele
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    In The Awakening by Kate Chopin, the setting is in the late 1800's on Grand Isle in Louisiana. The main character of the story is Edna Pontellier who is not a Creole. Other important characters are Adele Ratignolle, Mr. Ratgnolle, Robert Lebrun, and Leonce Pontellier who are all Creole's. In the Creole society the men are dominant. Seldom do the Creole's accept outsiders to their social circle, and women are expected to provide well-kept homes and have many children. Edna and Adele are friends w...
  • Mother And Good Wife And Mademoiselle Reisz
    840 words
    The Awakening: Edna " steven Schwartz January 3, 1997 Mr. Speight The society of Grand Isle places many expectations on its women to belong to men and be subordinate to their children. Edna Pontellier's society, therefore, abounds with 'mother-women,' who 'idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it to a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals'. The characters of Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reiszrepresent what society views as the suitable and unsuitable ...
  • Edna's Desires And Passions
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    The short novel, The Awakening, begins at a crisis in Edna Pontellier's life. Edna is a free-spirited and passionate woman who has a hard time finding means of communications and a real role as a wife and a mother. Edna finds herself desperately wanting her own emotional and sexual identities. During one summer while her husband, Leonce, is out of town on business, her frustration and need for emotional freedom leads to an affair with a younger man. Her search for identity and love leads her on ...
  • Grand Isle Edna
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    THE AWAKENING The contrast between an urban and a tropical setting represents the awakening that the protagonist experiences in Kate Chopin's classic novel, The Awakening. At Grand Isle Edna becomes conscious of her restrictive marriage in a male dominated society. Her awakening originates with her experiences at Grand Isle but fully develops upon her return to the city, where she completes her transformation from her roles as wife and mother to an independent woman. The setting at the beginning...
  • Summer Edna
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    The Awakening The Character List: Edna Pontellier- Edna is one of the main characters. She goes on a path of emotional, intellectual and sexual awakening after spending a very pleasant summer with Robert Lebrun Leonce Pontellier- Ednas husband Leone spend most of the time away from home on business. He is obsessed with making money and going expensive possessions for his home. He is mild and gentle and tolerant of Edna. Raoul and Etienne Pontellier- Edna and Leonce children, they dont hang on th...
  • Pity Mr Pontellier Doesn't Stay Home
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    English 102 20 June 2000 Mrs. Pontellier's Lack of Love Edna's obsession of a perfect life leaves her children motherless, her husband grieving, and her friends in shock. Because of Edna's lack of consideration for everyone around her, she traumatizes all of the people who love her. She has everything any woman could ask for: a caring husband, sweet friends, precious children, and every material possession possible. Because Edna is so caught up in herself and her life of seclusion, she not only ...
  • Edna's Choices
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    Both of Kate Chopin's works focus on the choices and pressures that both of the main characters endure throughout the stories. Both women were powerless against their male counterparts. Chopin delves deep into the personal thoughts and desires of her characters, especially married women. Chopin investigates the social perceptions of women in the 19th Century. She challenged the chauvinistic views of society during the time period. Her stories were critically disapproved by the public. Chopin's g...
  • Edna's Depression
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    About 10 to 14 million people in the United States suffer depression. These people often cry, and may lose interest in work and social life. Some depressed patients often try to harm or kill themselves. Throughout The Awakening, a novel written by Kate Chopin, the main character, Edna Pontellier showed signs of a growing depression. She is unhappy with her marriage and doesn't take on her role as a mother. Joyce Dyer believes that "Edna senses that a woman's identity as a human being is more imp...
  • Novel Edna Pontellier
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    Throughout time women have expressed and demonstrated their need, and their right to be equal with men; to no longer be viewed as only someone who represents a specific and restrictive role, such as a mother or a wife, but to be understood as a person, someone with their own ideas and their own in habitations. As a form of expression literature was used as an outlet for women. Kate Chopin's The Awakening was a novel written to communicate, and perhaps to promote change, concerning women's positi...
  • Awakening Inside Edna
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    When faced with the question of "which novel did I have the greatest reaction to this semester?" , the first story that came to mind was The Awakening. Although written from the perspective of a woman, I found that this story rendered my greatest emotional appeal. It is a story of a woman, Edna Pon tellier, who transforms herself from an obedient housewife to a person who is alive with strength of character and emotions that she no longer has to suppress. The metamorphosis is shaped by her surro...

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