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The Awakening And In Ruth Hall Analysis

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Rebellious women in The Awakening and in Ruth Hall Kate Chopin’s The awakening and Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall A Domestic Tale of The Present Time are both written about women’s suffering in a male dominated society. Both authors engrave women who perform the uncommon role in the society. The protagonist of The Awakening, Edna, is a woman who is trying to discover her identity. She shakes the whole system of women’s roles in the nineteen century, and distresses those who expect women to play certain roles. She surprises the patriarchal society by ignoring her role to play as a wife and mother. The idea of motherhood is a very dominant theme of this book. Edna wants to live with her own identity instead oonly identifying through the role of Raoul and Etienne’s mother and as Leonce Pontellier’s wife. Edna started to notice her desire of a life life of freedom and individuality contradicts society’s expectances of whom she should be. She wants to rebel against society’s imposed beliefs. However, she cannot skip her destiny, and cannot free herself from the repression of the society. Therefore she freed herself by suicide. In the social context of Edna one can separate one’s self from rest of the world, or they can choose a life which belonging to a male, and consider themself as a subhuman. Adele Ratignolle is a ‘mother woman’, because she is personified as a fixed wife and mother. Chopin says, “ Edna had once told Madame Ratignolle that she would never sacrifice herself for her children, or for anyone” (79). This expresses Edna’s soul contradicts with Madame’s idea. Similarly Ratignolle replies, “but a woman who could give her life for her children could do no more than that- your Bible tells you so” (80). Needless to say Madame is a tr... ... middle of paper ... ...aracter, and creates fatal events based on constrain social environment, and by making Edna the protagonist of the text, Chopin demonstrates against limited choices for freedom for women. Her desire and beliefs rebel against the societal norms. By living in a deeply conservative society, Ruth also faces difficulties to sustain in the female role presses on her. She seems to get out of the system and tries to stand on her own. Avoiding social norms is grueling, where conservative repressive societal demands are powerful. Fern and Chopin portrayed their character to show us that not every woman can accepts their fate and suffers quietly. Many women rebel and break out of their prescribed social role. They try to listen their personal needs and desire, and they attempt to change their position rather than following the social pressures they cannot manage or control.
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