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  • Typical Victorian Wife And Mother
    564 words
    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...
  • Novel The Awakening By Kate Chopin
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    The novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin tells the story of a woman who is married and has an awaking of her true feelings. The situation is very complex and Edna cannot handle the complexity of it. In the end she commits suicide. The novel The Awakening by Edna is described as a woman who is strong and able to per sue her dreams. The novel also shows how people should live their lives for themselves instead of other people. Chopin uses characterization and symbolism to develop the meaning of the ...
  • Mademoiselle Reisz To Edna
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    Symbolism in Kate Chopin's The Awakening Kate Chopin's The Awakening is a literary work full of symbolism. Birds, clothes, houses and other narrative elements are powerful symbols which add meaning to the novel and to the characters. I will analyze the most relevant symbols presented in Chopin's literary work. BIRDS The images related to birds are the major symbolic images in the narrative from the very beginning of the novel: 'A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, ke...
  • Mind Of Edna Pontellier
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    Kate Chopin underscores the expression 'free as a bird' in the novel The Awakening through the consistent use of aviary symbolism. Throughout the story she cleverly weaves images and descriptions of birds to express the psychological state of mind of her main character, Edna Pontellier. Perhaps the most obvious example of this symbolism is in the first spoken sentences of the novel, which, strangely enough, are not uttered by a human, but rather screeched by a parrot. 'Allez vous-en! Allez vous-...
  • Edna's Life
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    The Awakening The novel, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, was written in the late nineteenth century in St. Louis after her husband Oscar died of a severe illness. Her book appeared in 1899, after she was idolized by many novels written by Darwin and Sarah Orne Jewett. Her first attempts at writing were just brief sketches for a local newspaper that was only short descriptions of her life in Louisiana. However, Chopin's interests had always run along more risky lines, as reflected in her diaries, l...
  • Edna Pontelliers Struggle
    370 words
    The central narrative of Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening can be said to concern Edna Pontelliers struggle to define herself as an active subject, and to cease to be merely the passive object of forces beyond her control. But the precise nature of this struggle, as well as its emotional and psychological dimensions, is less easily articulated. One textual counterpart to this complexity is the ongoing interplay between active and passive voice which parallels, and not infrequently undermines, th...
  • Entire Novel Edna Searches For An Identity
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    In her novel The Awakening, Kate Chopin shows how the character Edna Pon tellier has to deal with a life of hard choices. The novel is about a woman who marries into the creole way of life. Edna has everything a woman could want, but she is not happy. Edna feels like a possession of her husband, of her children, and of her society. The story deals with the struggles she goes through in order to find herself. Edna realizes that as a wife and mother, she has not been living for herself, throughout...
  • Edna Pontellier The Awakening
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    Edna Pontellier The Awakening, which was written by Kate Chopin, received a great deal of criticism when it was first published in 1899. Much of the controversy over the novel arose because of the character of Edna Pontellier. Edna was very much unlike the women of her time. In today's terms she would be considered a rebel. Edna opposed the traditional roles of society that kept many restraints on the women of the 1800's. According to traditional society of the 1800's women were assigned the dut...
  • Style And Content Of Chopin's The Awakening
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    Kate Chopin's The Awakening Portrayal of the character Edna Her foils Setting- feminist moment, etc. Style Intended to help the reader understand the character of Edna her actual beliefs external / internal influences Tone Helping the style, the tone also helps the reader understand the rest of the characters Mr. Pontlierre (Critical Essay quote) Mademoiselle (Speech about bird with strong wings. V. Conclusion Edna Pontlierre experiences a theme of self-discovery throughout the entire novel of K...
  • Awakening As A Title
    560 words
    In comparison to other works such as Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn wherein the title succinctly tells what the story shall contain, Kate Chopin's The Awakening represents a work whose title can only be fully understood after the incorporation of the themes and content into the reader's mind, which can only be incorporated by reading the novel itself. The title, The Awakening, paints a vague mental picture for the reader at first and does not fully portray what content the novel...
  • Edna Leaves Behind The Victorian Notions
    535 words
    The Awakening is a commentary on the restraints faced by women at the turn of the century. The novel is really all about independence and understanding. The peace that is offered in the promise of personal freedom concerning love and all else, shown in this novel, is enticing. Chopin writes about a woman who continues to reject the society around her, a notion too radical for Chopin's peers. Edna Pontellier has the traditional role of both wife and mother, but deep down she wants something more,...
  • End Of The Novel As Edna's Failure
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    Although the ending of Kate Chopin's The Awakening is a sad conclusion to an inspirational story, it does not compromise the central theme of the novel. Instead of viewing the end of the novel as Edna's failure to continue her pursuit of individualism and independence, one should see it as a failure of the society in which Edna lives to support her newly awakened self. Edna finds it impossible to live in her world and maintain her newfound identity, and therefore, finds suicide the only option i...
  • Values Of Victorian Culture
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    Alienation in Victorian Society by Shiv am Ray The Victorian period is often defined and pictured by its antique images of flowers, corsets, standard 18 inch waists and rosy-cheek children. However, Kate Chopin shatters this image in her Novel "The Awakening" published in 1899. The authors child hood experiences of tragedies in her family and a true story of a lady from New Orleans and her scandals greatly influence the matter of this novel. In reality, Victorian period was characterized by rigi...
  • Edna's Infidelity Throughout The Novel
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    "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin tells the story of a woman trying to break free of her unsatisfying lifestyle. Several of the characters in the novel are confronted with change or new ideas as a result. Chopin creates several moral decisions for the reader to experience also. Marriage, infidelity, and sexual passion are all themes presented in Chopin's novel. Marriage is a theme throughout the novel. Edna Pontellier and her husband are not the ideal image of happiness or marriage. Edna is unhappy...
  • References To Children Of Celie And Edna
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    Both, The Color Purple and The Awakening are novels about female struggle and hardships. Physically and geographically Edna is incomparable to Celie: they are of different races, different financial conditions, different social statuses. What they have in common, however, is their fascination with gender equality, their criticism of the patriarchal system they live in, and the fact that both women realized at some point in their life how long they have been sacrificing their existences for other...
  • Madam Reisz Edna
    817 words
    The female hero is sometimes hard to identify in nineteenth century literature, novels that portrayed a woman going against the social normalcy of the time were suppressed and disappeared from print forever. In the novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin however, a true female hero is introduced. Edna Pontellier is a woman who was willing to rebel against society's restraining presence and try and live her own life, something that does not only take strength but courage as well. At the beginning of t...
  • 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...

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