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.
Choosing between Family and Individuality in Kate Chopin's The Awakening Kate Chopin's The Awakening focuses on a woman's struggle to become an individual while still being a mother and wife. In the process of this journey, the female heroine discovers that establishing her own identity means losing a mother's identity. Edna looks to be the "brave soul," a "soul that dares and defies" (Chopin 61). Edna's society looked down upon females who seek anything other than attending to their children and husband's needs. Therefore, she is seen as an outcast and must turn inward as well as outward towards nature for satisfaction and approval.
Edna steers her actions by her emotional needs and personal interest causing her to show a complete lack of perception outside of herself. Her death critiques societal conventions through the actions she takes in her liberation since Edna is conscious of her revolt against the system. Edna is fully aware of her situation, although in the end she realizes she cannot live outside of society, she isolates herself from civilization to create a new independent identity, starts to explore her desires through art and truly gives into her sexual needs while demanding more respect for herself as a form of rebellion. Edna understood that by disregarding societal values, she will be isolating herself from everyone in her life. Isolation and independence are mutually inclusive and Edna starts to understand this when Adele Ratignolle cannot comprehend how Edna “would never sacrifice herself for her children” (46).
In The Awakening, Edna Pontellier demonstrates the unconventional woman and proves that the perspective that society holds of women is stifling, which prompts a woman to sacrifice herself in order to retain her integrity. Leonce’s stifling dominance over Edna pushes her to sacrifice her place in the relationship in order to retain her integrity. When Leonce confronts Edna on the hammock, he gives her many reasons as to why she must go inside the house. Edna does not wish t... ... middle of paper ... ...ited peace. In the novel, Mademoiselle Riesz states, “The artist must possess the courageous soul that dares and defies,” (Chopin).
The authors outlook focus on the gloomy structure in society during that time frame and therefore, create down hearted, reckless characters that offer stimulation for women of all generations. One of the seductive factors of William Faulkner’s society in “A Rose for Emily” is the traditional and adamant mental attitude of the main character in the novel. Miss Emily Grierson was stern in her ways and refused to accept change. She was known to be a hereditary obligation to the town. When the next generation and modern ideas came into progress she creates dissatisfaction by not paying her taxes.
Sue Bridehead’s nature and way of life conflicts with what society prescribes her to be as a woman, as she tries to balance living happily without social pressures infringing on her individuality. Unfortunately for Sue, as Mill’s essay explains, the customs of society are so engrained within its people, not even Sue can abscond from what is expected from her as a woman. J.S. Mill and Sue Bridehead converge with the belief in natural law and equality of the sexes, in the rejection of marriage as a social reform, and on the detrimental effects of social pressure on a woman. Sue Bridehead embodies many of the characteristics of Mill’s ideals about women, though as Mill’s essay explains, Sue is also a product of her society, and unable to escape its pressures, in her breakdown, forfeits her individuality and independence to ease her anxiety and guilt.
These behaviors eventually lead her to become a woman that not only the Creole culture rejects, but civilization in general can no longer accept. Edna’s plight throughout the novel perfects her status as that individual going against society. Her reserve toward her children places her in abnormal standing. Her behavior, not necessarily of neglect but rather of apathetic involvement in their lives, contrasted the ideal motherly figure of the age. Madame Ratignolle, Edna’s friend, maintains quite a different air about her.
There has been a long history of women’s oppression by men in many traditional societies throughout the world. Society gave women an ideal image to follow: getting married, having a family and taking care of the family. Some women submit to the image, but certain individual stands against it. In Henrik Ibsen’s stories of Hedda Gabler and A Doll House, we witness examples of a single individual against the overwhelming society. Nora left her family and marriage behind to become an independent individual without the control of men; whereas, Hedda Gabler choose death as her ultimate solution when she was threatened to be control by man.
Shashi Deshpande received a good deal of attention of the critics, scholars and media . She exercises her focus on the plight of social conditioning of woman. Projecting woman as a protagonist, Deshpande tries to reveal the problems of women that is gender discrimination, lack of identity, fruitless rebel against the subordinate position in the family and finally her helpless submission before the male domineer .Woman becomes only the object of love, marriage and sex .Through this age-old oppression she loses her birth right of gender equality . Ultimately the tradition bound family restricts the flowering of
Kate Chopin and Sandra Cisneros’s stories were tales of women fighting for their rights and their desires. Edna was searching for a way to achieve self-fulfillment that she couldn’t find with her upper-class lifestyle. She no longer wished to conform to societal ideals and restrictions, she wanted to live how she wished, and with that she became separated from society. However, it was her ultimate suicide that gave her the ultimate moment of liberation. Cleófilas struggled with an abusive husband and a culture valued and stood for different ideals.