Highly controversial at the time, it no doubt inspired a major part of its audience to advocate women’s rights. Edna Pontellier herself may be regarded as somewhat insane for the way she concluded her life, leaving her family behind, but it was what she desired, and this novel’s shocking conclusion is what captivates the audience, and leaves a lasting impression. Kate Chopin effectively convinced her audience that a woman can speak for herself, and that their choices are their own. After having been “awakened”, Edna was free to live her life however she saw
Several critics deem Chopin as one of the leading feminists of her age because she was willing to publish stories that dealt with women becoming self-governing, who stood up for themselves and novels that explored the difficulties that they faced during the time. Chopin scrutinized sole problems and was not frightened to suggest that women desired something that they were not normally permitted to have: independence. Chopin’s decision to focus on and emphasize the imbalances between the sexes is heavily influenced by her upbringing, her feelings towards society, and the era she subsisted in. How Chopin was raised and educated not only inspired her but it also assisted her wi... ... middle of paper ... ...sed her emotions and thoughts on life during the period. Authors like Chopin helped people realize what was going on during the 1800s.
In the novel, Chopin portrays Edna’s character development by stating, “She was seeing with different eyes and making the acquaintance of new conditions in herself” (Chopin 67) . This characterization of Edna allows the reader to understand that Edna is not happy with her life because of the feminine role that she must maintain. As a character, Edna is very daring and courageous to attempt to break the roles that women held in the 18th century. In an analysis of, “The Awakening”, Novels for Students stated, “The roles that Edna and Robert play in the story point out the unfairness of sexism and the repression of individual freedom that it causes” (Novels for Students). The use of characterization allows the theme of sexism to be illustrated through the roles that characters Edna and Robert play.
Her most common subject was female subjugation and freedom. When The Awakening appeared, Chopin was severely criticized for depicting a sexualized and independent-thinking woman who questioned her role within the southern patriarchy. The disapproval surprised Chopin, and she never quite recovered her faith in her own work. There were many themes discussed throughout The Awakening, many of which are very important to the concept of the novel. The main theme is the awakening from the slumber of patriarchal social convention.
The Victorian era was a time period in which women were seen and not heard, which made it hard for the publication of this book since it was about a woman that... ... middle of paper ... ...In the end, Edna feels like she is the real winner and that society has lost. It is possible that Chopin might have felt similar in writing such a controversial piece of literature and this was her way of living her dream through Edna. Chopin was an author that believed in herself and her writing shows that to her readers. This is a story that can relate to any age because it encompasses the human spirit and its inner desires.
he focus of this paper will be to examine Kate Chopin’s The Awakening chapter ten, specifically paragraphs five to ten. Throughout The Awakening Edna is constantly fighting with the expectations of society and her desire to be a free woman. As a woman, Edna is expected to be the perfect wife and mother, however she longs to embrace and free her creative self. Because of this battle within herself she shows many of the characteristics of depression. The passage mentioned above is very symbolic of Edna’s fight to overcome her mental illness.
As the narrator “peels off the wallpaper”(9), Gilman proves woman wants to escape from the domination of man. Both “A Story of an Hour” and “Yellow Wallpaper” imply the women’s complaints about their unfair and powerless lives. And, the continued unjust treatment makes women tired and have big ambitions of freedom. Although both authors, Chopin and Gilman, do not state that women have to be free and have rights in their stories, they tells the audience of the time period that woman has a right to be free and equal by using the literary techniques which are irony and diction.
Rebellion toward "Victorian sexual norms and gender roles" (P.2175) are reflected in Woolf's modern literary piece, such as The Lady in the Looking-Glass: A Reflection. Also echoed in the piece, is how Woolf "never lost the keen sense of anguish nor the self-doubt occasioned by the closed doors of the academy to women" (P.2445). Both of the female protagonists, Aurora of Aurora Leigh and Isabella of The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection, represent the rebellion and self-doubt of their female writers. Aurora rebels against the Vi... ... middle of paper ... ...r letters, they were all bills" (P.2456). The rebellion ultimately led to emptiness, as Isabella chose not to have relations to preserve her freedom.
The Bell Jar was an exceptional novel that can be used to view the ideas of gender roles. Ester, who despised marriage and focused on education, went through multiple events that pushed her to subvert and conform to society’s expectations. Women’s literature—such as this work—of the nineteenth century provided confirmation of society’s emphasis on “The Cult of Womanhood and Domesticity”. Plath’s life mirrors Ester’s and ultimately brought awareness to the oppression of women. References Brannon, Linda.
Rebellious women in The Awakening and in Ruth Hall Kate Chopin’s The awakening and Fanny Fern’ Ruth Hall A Domestic Tale of The Present Time are both written about the women’s sufferings in the male dominated society. Both authors engrave women who perform the uncommon role in the society. The protagonist Edna, of The Awakening is a woman who is trying to discover her identity. She shakes the whole system of women’s role inn nineteen century, and distresses those who expects certain roles that women should play. She surprised patriarchal society by ignoring her role to play as a wife and mother.