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Self And Self-Identity In Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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The awakening is a story where the protagonist Edna rediscovers herself as an independent woman. She breaks the rules that were implemented in the society of the time period she lived in. Edna was married to Leonce and had children, however she was not attached to her family, and it was not because she didn’t love them, but she was not a devoted mother and wife. Edna starts to feel attraction towards Robert who was known for his tendency to seek married women. When Robert leaves to Mexico, Edna wants to live in a separate house from her husband. Adele a friend of Edna advices her that her action will damage her reputation, but Edna wants to be free and independent women and she decide to move out of the house. Edna starts to like her freedom…show more content…
Attachment and Feminism theory are similar in that both discuss a concept of developing a sense of self or self-identity. On the book the awakening Edna can be described as a respectable woman who is married and has children, but she is not happy with the role of wife and mother. She wants to be by herself away from the duties of being a female in the Victorian era. In order to be the independent women she wants to be, she deconstructed the role of submissive women and she decided to move out her husband’s house while he was away. Both theories can explain how Edna is looking for herself identify as a women and her own sense of self. She also deconstructs the expectations set by the society she lives in. Attachment and Feminism theories can help describe Edna’s self identity, because she also discovers her sexual desire with Robert. She concentrates more on her painting career and leaves her social responsibilities on the side. She becomes disobedient towards her husband one could link her change with the feminist theory because Edna wants to have an equal role as her husband. During that time it was normal for males to have affairs but if women had an affair it was degrading for her and her family. Leonce finds Edna detachment and disobedience as if Edna was sick and he calls a physician to check the unnatural behavior of his wife. Of course Leonce thinks there is something wrong with Edna because she is not acting as a proper women and wife. When Edna starts her…show more content…
Some of the differences of Attachment theory and Feminism theory is that the attachment theory has to do with Edna’s experience of attachment and her internal working model and Feminism is about undoing gender inequality. Edna seems to be reserved and doesn’t show much interest towards her family, she explains in the book that she is not committed to the role of being a conditional mother. Edna is also distant towards her friends as well, she talks to Adele but there is not a deep connection with her. In the society that she lives she is a respectable woman who assists social events and is seen as typical house women with the responsibility to stay home and take care of the house and children while her husband can go out at night with his friends and have a demanding position in society. The attachment theory has to do with how Edna interacts with her the people that surround her and how she acts with her own family. And then we have the feminism theory is about gender inequality and trying to achieve equity by eradicating gender stereotypes of masculinity and femininity. Edna does this by being a liberal women and deciding to dedicate her time to art, and she avoids her social events that were normative for her. She wants to be free from men, she wants to be independent and escape from the traditional women stereotype. From the book I was able to interpret that since Edna was able to understand that people in her society will not understand her wants she had no