Women are not only Beautiful, but Equal: The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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Women are not only Beautiful, but Equal Since the beginning of time, women have strived to achieve an equal status in society. The vast majority of women have rebelled against the norm for equal status. As if washing the dirt off one’s hands, women are forgotten for all of their achievements. The identity of women in the Western world has evolved from domesticity and servility, and moved toward their valuation as individuals of intellect, talent, and independence. The culture about women’s empowerment has been reflected in literature and history throughout many ages. In a famous 20th century novel –The Awakening by Kate Chopin– Edna, the protagonist of the novel, exemplifies the domestic identity of women. She is forced to stay home with her two children, but when she decides to relieve herself of her domestic responsibility, she is frowned upon by society. She is suffocated by society’s belief of women and averts to the philosophy of rebellion. Edna breaks the bond of loyalty that she and her husband had by cheating and fantasizing of other situations where she was not married. She rarely experiences regret and often emphasizes the motif of freedom through a pigeon house; which allows the reader to symbolize her freedom through the thought of birds. Kate Chopin uses The Awakening to express society’s feministic views on women; she explains the burden that women are forced to carry. Edna is later overwhelmed by the pressure society has on her, this causes her to unintentionally commit suicide, “Exhaustion was pressing upon and overpowering her. Perhaps Doctor Mandelet would have understood if she had seen him—but it was too late; the shore was far behind her, and her strength was gone” (Chopin, 126). In the late 1900’s, Al... ... middle of paper ... ...ut so are their male counterparts. Husbands are affected, sons are affected, and friends are affected. The idea of Sexism is not enforced by the opposite sex, men, but is cultured by those who accept and abide by society’s expectations of a woman’s reality. As Kathleen Hanna once said, “While sexism hurts women most intimately, it also damages men severely.” Every human has their own mind, their own decisions; if we let other people command us and make choices for us, we lose our sense of individuality and uniqueness. Sexism is a choice, a way of thinking that we can choose to accept, or deny. It affects the self and the community as a whole, and should not exist. As we can accept that the world is filled with tribulations such as sexism, it is not a concept that cannot go extinct, rather, should be used as a counter example of how we should behave in society.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the first women's rights convention, held in jeneco falls, n.y. 1848, attempted to change the inequitable treatment of women. the declaration of sentiments acted as a guide to women’s equality.
  • Explains that the 19th amendment, approved on august 18, 1920, assured women the right to vote. susan b. anthony died before the law was ratified.
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