They are both strong willed characters. They both believe strongly enough in themselves that they will go to the extremes. Sarah moves out of her house. As does Edna, and they both do so against their husband’s wills. Neither of their husbands wants to have their wives move out of their houses, but they both do so and even go as far as to move their stuff with them. Edna only brings some of her things with while Sarah moves everything. She empties her and her families home and moves into the barn. The barn shows the wildness of her action because she did not just move her stuff out into another house she moved it to the barn, the barn where animals are supposed to be held. As it is in Sarah’s point of view, “ We’ve got jest as good a tight here as new horses an’ cows.”(Wilkins) This is quite the staement, still Edna’s move could be considered more devastating because when she moved out she moved out into another house with no intention of living with her husband. Whereas Sarah was going to continue living with her husband. Living with him in the barn, but never the less living with him.
Maybe it was their class differences that lead them to their final doings. Edna was of a high class. She had many workers who did her chores for her. The reader would think that she is lazy and thus lacking willpower because she does very little work for herself. She does not even ca...
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...y none the less because Edna was trying to get separation from Leonce. Unlike Sarah moving out was just the start for Edna. Once she had that she wanted more, and she ended up with the most she could possibly obtain.
In the end there were very many similarities between Sarah Penn and Edna Pontellier which lead them both to their goals. However their differences lead them to different goals. Goals that they fight their disrespecting husbands for. But was it the end was it each person’s character that lead them to their actions or was it there husbands?
Chopin, Kate. The Awakening and Selected Stories. 1899. Ed. Sandra M. Gilbert. New York: Penguin Books, 1984.
Wilkins, Mary. “The Revolt of Mother.” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. Sept. 1890: 553-561. Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library. 10 Oct. 2008. http://etext.lib.virginia.edu
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