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  • Case Of Edna Ponteiller In The Awakening
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    The Awakening By: Danny Pitts Society's Standards In the late 1800's, as well as the early 1900's, women felt discriminated against by men and by society in general. Men generally held discriminatory and stereotypical views of women. Women had no control over themselves and were perceived to be nothing more than property to men. They were expected to live up to a perfect image that society had created, while trying to comply with their husbands' desires. While many women felt dissatisfied with t...
  • Edna's Husband
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    Edna PontellierThroughout The Awakening, a novel by Kate Chopin, the main character, Edna Pontellier showed signs of a growing depression. There are certain events that hasten this, events which eventually lead her to suicide. At the beginning of the novel when Edna's husband, Leone Pontellier, returns from Klein's hotel, he checks in on the children and believing that one of them has a fever he tells his wife, Edna. She says that the child was fine when he went to bed, but Mr. Pontellier is cer...
  • Madame Ratignolle And Mademoiselle Reisz
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    The Awakening In the novella The Awakening by Kate Chopin, two supporting characters, Madame Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz, represent two distinctively different females of the Victorian Age. Madame Ratignolle serves as society's idea of the ideal woman. 'There [is] nothing subtle or hidden about her charms; her beauty [is] all there, flaming and apparent: the spun-gold hair that [neither] comb nor confining pen could restrain; the blue eyes that [are] like nothing but sapphires; two lips th...
  • Comparison Between Adele Ratignolle And Mademoiselle Reisz
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    Comparison between Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz In order to help to get a point or idea across it is not uncommon to provide two stark contrasts to assist in conveying the point. Writers commonly use this technique in their writing especially when dealing with a story that concerns the evolution of a character. An example of such writing can be found in Kate Chopin's The Awakening. The novel deals with Edna Pontellier's 'awakening' from the slumber of the stereotypical southern woman,...
  • Heightens Edna Pontellier Need For Independence
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    Sea of Safety The sea in the The Awakening is the inner struggle that Edna deals with involving desires and dreams, the place where her rebellious spirit has found a home. From her unhappy marriage and home life, her desire to discover herself, to the disappointments of love and life, the sea in the Awakening represents a womans burdens, independence, and her true fulfillment. For the character Edna Pontellier, the sea is her beginning and end. The voice of the seas is seductive; never ceasing, ...
  • Life Story Of Edna Pontellier
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    The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a fiction book that tells the life story of Edna Pontellier, a southern wife and mother. This book presents many questions and very answers. In 1899 this book was banished from its publication because at this time in history, women did just what they were expected to do. They were expected to be good daughters, wives, and mothers. A woman was expected to move from the protection of her father to the protection of her husband. Edna didn't do it like that, this made...
  • Edna's Love For Robert
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    When the phrase, "love conquers all" comes to mind, most people take comfort in such a proposition. However, in Chopin's, The Awakening, the conquering powers of love are precisely the problem. There are hundreds of stories, Joan of Arc for example, where people die for the love of an idea or an object. There are still several stories-Romeo and Juliet-where the person dies over the proposition of not being able to be with the person whom she loves. Yet The Awakening marks a new chapter in intern...

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