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Due to Kate Chopin’s life evolving in the 19th century, when women’s place was thought to be in the home, raising children, and putting all their dedication into their husband’s wishes and lifestyle, her work did not receive the desired attention that only came after her death in 1904. She revealed to the world that “a person lives in a community, but the community also lives in the person.” (Krstovic 11) Nancy Walker states in her book Kate Chopin A Literary Life, “Fortunately for Kate Chopin, the regional sketches with which she began her publishing career were in great demand in the final decades of the century; on the other hand, late-century Victorian notions of feminine propriety had a devastating effect on the novel [The Awakening] that should have been the capstone of her career.” (Walker 6) The negative attention that it did receive caused Chopin to end her dreams as a literary writer. Catherine (Kate) O’Flaherty wa... ... middle of paper ... ...ues it assigns to women, not to fully human beings.” (Bloom vii) Works Cited Bloom, Harold, ed. Kate Chopin. Comp.
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Women fought for the rights to vote, have jobs, and go to school. The late eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds showcased the power the women had to prove their equality. According to the excerpt, “Women of Color in The Awakening” by Elizabeth Ammons, “… The Awakening is its heroine’s break for freedom.” Ultimately, this shows how most women, especially Edna Pontellier, try to break free from the burden of society. Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, showcases the feminist critical approach through women’s roles, women characters, influences, and in... ... middle of paper ... ...t Lant’s, “The Siren of the Grand Isle: Adele’s Role in The Awakening” explains that, “… she has learned to swim, and master the waves and moves away from the shore to freedom.” Edna’s death was a way for her to become free. She no longer needed to face the harsh reality that women faced daily, and was in charge of her own self.
Sometimes people need to find their true selves and when we do that we find our true happiness and sometimes you gain things you never had or thought you needed. In the book, Edna begins the process of identifying her true self, the self that exists apart from the identity she maintains as a wife and mother, Robert unknowingly encourages her by indulging her emerging sensuality (Houghton). Kate Chopin wrote The Awakening to show people of the nineteenth century society and the upcoming generations, how hard women had to struggle to overcome their differing emotions and the coercion of society’s tradition to become more than just personal property for men to control. Stated by Mademoiselle Reiz: “the bird that would ... ... middle of paper ... ...y, Peter. Beginning Theory.