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Sexual Fulfillment in Chopin's Awakening

- Society keeps order, allows for advancement, and gives humanity a good face. It also imposes morals, roles, and limits a person's potential development. If someone wishes to reach beyond what society expects of them, they must cast aside social restrictions. Edna Pontellier, in Kate Chopin's The Awakening, feels the urge to cast off the veil society burdens her with and live as she chooses to. The driving factor behind her desire to awaken is her lack of sexual fulfillment. She lives her life following conduct becoming of a woman who marries into the Creole elite of New Orleans....   [tags: The Awakening Essays]

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Innocence versus Sexual Awakening

- Innocence versus Sexual Awakeming The transition from childhood to adulthood is a complex but universal passage. Both Katherine Mansfield's "The Wind Blows" and D.H. Lawrence's The Virgin and the Gipsy embody adolescent angst in their characterization. Matilda and Yvette search for meaning beyond the lives they perceive they are condemned to lead. Both bring about greater understanding of the struggle between a young girl's struggle of innocence versus sexuality. In similar uses of metaphor and imagery the stories tell the tale of social convention, romanticism and sexual awakening....   [tags: The Virgin and the Gipsy Sexuality Essays]

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Sexual Awakening in The Wind Blows and The Virgin and the Gipsy

- Sexual Awakening in The Wind Blows and The Virgin and the Gipsy The sexual awakening in the short story "The Wind Blows " and in the novella "The Virgin and the Gipsy" is very similar in a number of ways. In both works, young women on the brink of womanhood endeavor to attain full maturity in a number of ways. Both stories portray the mental confusion and general chaos the women struggle against in their quest for awakening, although the depth and structure of these works are markedly different....   [tags: Papers]

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Symbol and Irony in The Awakening by Kate Chopin

- “The Awakening” Symbolism, Irony In Kate Chopin's short story “The Awakening”, the voice of the story portrays a woman with sexual aspirations, and moral female social rules in search for independence and self discovery. The story is based on the 19th century woman. During this time women barely had any freedom, were not recognized within the society and had no choice but to me submissive to their husbands. The main character of the story named Edna is portrayed to be a happy woman because she has everything; a wealthy, attentive husband, and two children....   [tags: sexual aspirations, social rules]

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The Awakening By Kate Chopin

- Females in the late 1800s were expected to know their place in society and stay within parameters that were set by the population. These parameters including being a perfect mother figure, and needing a husband to provide a place to live, food, and money for spending. This meant that females were not culturally allowed to be free. This idea was so ingrained in the culture that the influential female writers of the time wrote stories where the wife was wrong and returned to her husband after she sought freedom....   [tags: Love, Marriage, Emotion, The Awakening]

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Childhood Experiences in The Awakening by Kate Chopin

- In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, her protagonist, Edna Pontellier, a displaced woman of the 19th century lives a life influenced by the men in her society. Edna, a stranger in her own home, has a difficult time accepting traditional roles in society and her role as a mother. People of society in 19th century America, especially in the New Orleans, stigmatized women who felt the need to leave the home and disregard their duties as unacceptable ladies. Evidently Edna is looked down upon for her erratic behavior....   [tags: edna pontellier, sexual awarness]

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The Importance of Setting and Symbols in "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

- Ranging from caged parrots to the meadow in Kentucky, symbols and settings in The Awakening are prominent and provide a deeper meaning than the text does alone. Throughout The Awakening by Kate Chopin, symbols and setting recur representing Edna’s current progress in her awakening. The reader can interpret these and see a timeline of Edna’s changes and turmoil as she undergoes her changes and awakening. The setting Edna is in directly affects her temperament and awakening: Grand Isle provides her with a sense of freedom; New Orleans, restriction; the “pigeon house”, relief from social constraints....   [tags: Setting, Symbols, Awakening, Kate Chopin, ]

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Theme of Isolation in The Awakening

- Theme of Isolation in The Awakening       One theme apparent in Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening, is the consequence of solitude when independence is chosen over conformity. The novel's protagonist, Edna Pontellier, is faced with this consequence after she embarks on a journey of self-discovery. "As Edna's ability to express herself grows, the number of people who can understand her newfound language shrinks" (Ward 3). Edna's awakening from a conforming, Victorian wife and mother, into an emotional and sexual woman takes place through the use of self-expression in three forms: emotional language, art, and physical passion....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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Kate Chopin's The Awakening

- During the late nineteenth century, the time of protagonist Edna Pontellier, a woman's place in society was confined to worshipping her children and submitting to her husband. Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening, encompasses the frustrations and the triumphs in a woman's life as she attempts to cope with these strict cultural demands. Defying the stereotype of a "mother-woman," Edna battles the pressures of 1899 that command her to be a subdued and devoted housewife. Although Edna's ultimate suicide is a waste of her struggles against an oppressive society, The Awakening supports and encourages feminism as a way for women to obtain sexual freedom, financial independence, and individual identi...   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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Understanding Wolff’s Analysis of Chopin’s The Awakening

- Understanding Wolff’s Analysis of Chopin’s The Awakening “Un-Utterable Longing” analyzes The Awakening from the diverse, yet overlapping perspectives of deconstruction, feminist/gender theory, new historicism, and psychoanalytic criticism. Much like Yaeger and Treichler, Wolff attributes Edna’s struggle and eventual demise to her failed search for a language that voices her (un)womanly desires. Wolff first adopts the new historicist viewpoint to situate Edna as a 19th-century southern woman, presenting a very real conflict between: the dominating values of her time and place; and her own innermost passions and needs....   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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Love and Self in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

- Love and Self in The Awakening                  Kate Chopin's The Awakening is often said to triumph the exploration on the emotional and sexual needs of women, and the novel certainly is about that to a great extent, but even more importantly, it is a quest for individuality and the meaning of love. Through the protagonist, Edna Pontellier, Chopin describes in her novel one woman's journey towards self-consciousness. Several stages of 'awakenings' can be detected on the road, which are discussed in detail, along with the themes of romantic love, possession and an individual self....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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Relationship between Chopin's Life and The Awakening

- Relationship between Chopin's Life and The Awakening Katherine O'Flahtery Chopin was born in St. Louis, Missouri February 8,1851. She was the daughter of Thomas and Eliza O'Flaherty, a prominent Irish-born merchant and his wife. Together, Chopin's parents represented freedom and the American dream. Their ambition and spirit helped mold Chopin into a unique character with independence and intelligence. Her father died suddenly when Chopin was four years old. His death was the result of a terrible accident that took the lives of several civic leaders when the key link to the Pacific Railroad was being completed and a bridge collapsed....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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The Pursuit of Human Freedom in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre

- In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, one of the most prevalent and recurring themes and ideas relates to human freedom. The main characters in the two novels, Edna Pontellier and Jane Eyre, both long for social, religious, and sexual emancipation among other things – freedom from the constraints of Victorian society, which have rendered them dependent and inferior to men. While it is true that both protagonists of their respective novels wanted emancipation, their living conditions and qualities of life varied widely....   [tags: The Awakening, Jane Eyre, compare, contrast]

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The Controlling Men of The Awakening

- The Grand Isle society and inhabitants put great expectations on its women to belong to their men and be secondary to their children. Throughout Kate Chopin's dramatic novel The Awakening, she tells the story of Edna Pontellier, a woman who throughout the story tries to find herself using various different methods until it leads to her untimely demise. Kate Chopin tries to make the women look more as possessions rather than people. Edna Pontellier's society, therefore, flourishes with "mother-women," who "idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it to a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals" (12)....   [tags: Kate Chopin, The Awakening]

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Selfish Edna Pontellier of Kate Chopin's The Awakening

- Selfish Edna of The Awakening In Kate Chopin’s, The Awakening, the reader immediately notices the sexual undertones of Mrs. Mallard and Robert’s relationship and the strained relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Mallard. There are always going to be women who do not want the routine “married with children” lifestyle, unfortunately in Edna’s time period that was the primary role of women. Had she been living in today perhaps she would have been without a husband and children, possibly totally devoted to a career in the arts and totally single....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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The Awakening: America Was Not Ready For Edna Pontellier

- The late nineteenth century was a time of great social, technological, and cultural change for America. Boundaries were rapidly evolving. New theories challenging age-old beliefs were springing up everywhere, such as Darwin's natural selection. This post-Civil War era also gave men and women opportunities to work side-by-side, and in 1848, the first woman's rights conference was held in Seneca Fall, New York. These events leading up to the twentieth century had polished the way for the new, independent woman to be introduced....   [tags: Kate Chopin, The Awakening]

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feminaw Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Edna Pontellier, A Woman Ahead of her Time

- A Woman Ahead of her Time in The Awakening   When she published The Awakening in 1899, Kate Chopin startled her public with a frank portrayal of a woman’s social, sexual, and spiritual awakening. Because it told its particular truth without judgment or censure, the public disapproved. The idea of a true autonomy for women, or, more astounding yet a single sexual standard for men and women — was too much to imagine. Kate Chopin’s presentation of the awakening of her heroine, Edna Pontellier, her unblinking recognition that respectable women did indeed have sexual feelings proved too strong for many who read her novel....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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A Futile Awakening

- Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening, transcends societal structures and expectations. It deals with the day-to-day realities that a woman must face if she is to progress to full maturation and become at peace with herself and the world. Set in turn-of-the-century Creole New Orleans, it addresses the relentless strength and courage required for a woman to remain true to her convictions. Most studies of The Awakening focus on Edna Pontellier's newly emerged awareness and struggle against the societal forces that repress her....   [tags: Kate Chopin's The Awakening]

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Edna and Conformity in Chopin’s The Awakening

- Edna and Conformity in Chopin’s The Awakening The passage of The Awakening which truly marks Edna Pontellier’s new manner of thought regarding her life revolves around her remembrance of a day of her childhood in Kentucky. She describes the scene to Madame Ratigonelle as the two women sit on the beach one summer day. The passage opens with a description of the sea and the sky on that particular day. This day and its components are expressed in lethargic terms such as “idly” and “motionless” and suggested a scene of calm sleep....   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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The Awakening as an Allegory of Existentialism

- The Awakening as an Allegory of Existentialism        Kate Chopin's The Awakening as the title suggests is just that‹the story of a young woman's awakening to life.  Even though it is a work of fiction, the character of Edna undergoes such a radical change one cannot ignore the psychological depth of the work.  The story could almost be seen as a case study.  In order to analyze the work psychologically, it is important to decide which psychological framework to use.  I chose the critic Cynthia Wolff who uses a Freudian framework for analysis.  Wolff feels that Edna's problems are a result of oral conflicts, while I see the work as more of an allegory of existentialism, and Edna's proble...   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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Symbolism in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

- Symbolism in Kate Chopin's The Awakening Chopin's The Awakening is full of symbolism.  Rather than hit the reader on the head with blunt literalism, Chopin uses symbols to relay subtle ideas.  Within each narrative segment, Chopin provides a symbol that the reader must fully understand in order to appreciate the novel as a whole.  I will attempt to dissect some of the major symbols and give possible explanations as to their importance within the text.  Art itself is a symbol of both freedom and failure.  In her attempt to become an artist, Edna reaches the zenith of her awakening.  She begins to truly understand pure art as a means of self-expression as well as self-assertion.  In a si...   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays Kate]

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The Awakening and The Yellow Wallpaper

-           Kate Chopin's story The Awakening and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's story The Yellow Wallpaper draw their power from two truths: First, each work stands as a political cry against injustice and at the socio/political genesis of the modern feminist movement. Second, each text is a gatekeeper of a new literary history. Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman seem to initiate a new phase in textual history where literary conventions are revised to serve an ideology representative of the "new" feminine presence....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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Kate Chopin's The Awakening

- Kate Chopin's The Awakening Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening expresses the difficulty of finding a woman’s place in society. Edna learns of new ideas such as freedom and independence while vacationing in Grand Isle. Faced with a choice to conform to society’s expectations or to obey personal desires for independence, Edna Pontellier realizes that either option will result in dissatisfaction. Thus, Edna’s awakening in Grand Isle leads to her suicide. Edna’s awakening occurs during her family’s vacation in Grand Isle....   [tags: Kate Chopin Awakening Essays]

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The Awakening

- The Awakening The novel, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, was written in the late nineteenth century in St. Louis after her husband Oscar died of a severe illness. Her book appeared in 1899, after she was idolized by many novels written by Darwin and Sarah Orne Jewett. Her first attempts at writing were just brief sketches for a local newspaper that was only short descriptions of her life in Louisiana. However, Chopin’s interests had always run along more risky lines, as reflected in her diaries, letters, and fictions....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Wolff’s Analysis of Chopin’s The Awakening

- Wolff’s Analysis of Chopin’s The Awakening In her essay "Un-Utterable Longing: The Discourse of Feminine Sexuality in Kate Chopin's The Awakening", Cynthia Griffin Wolff creates what Ross Murfin describes as "a critical whole that is greater than the sum of its parts." (376) By employing a variety of critical approaches (including feminist, gender, cultural, new historicism, psychoanalytic and deconstruction) Wolff offers the reader a more complete (albeit complex) explanation of Edna Pontellier's behavior and motivations than any single approach could provide....   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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- Music Throughout The Awakening, the manner in which each of the characters uses and understands music gives us a sense of Edna’s ideological alignment in relation to the novel’s other characters. Additionally, Edna’s exploration of music and her meditations upon its significance enable her own (visual) art to flourish. Edna first learns about the emotive power of music from Mademoiselle Reisz. Whereas Adèle Ratignolle’s piano playing had merely conjured sentimental pictures for Edna, the older woman’s playing stirs new feelings and probes unexplored emotional territories in her....   [tags: essays research papers]

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LeBlanc’s Analysis of Sexuality in Chopin’s The Awakening

- LeBlanc’s Analysis of Sexuality in Chopin’s The Awakening Definitions are tricky things. Such is the conclusion of Ross C. Murfin in his attempts to spell out the major literary theories discussed in our text: "attempts to highlight the difference between feminist and gender criticism are inevitably prone to reductive overgeneralization and occasional distortion"(footnote p.226). Such is the conclusion of gender theorists in general in their pursuit of critiquing the traditional definitions of male/ female, masculine/ feminine, and heterosexual/ homosexual....   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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Edna as a Metaphorical Lesbian in Chopin’s The Awakening

- Edna as a Metaphorical Lesbian in Chopin’s The Awakening Elizabeth LeBlanc places The Awakening in an interesting context in her essay “The Metaphorical Lesbian,” as gender criticism must, for Chopin wrote the novel at the end of the 19th century, when homosexuality as an identity emerged culturally, at least in terms of the gay male identity, as proffered by Oscar Wilde across the Atlantic. Lesbianism, too, started to make its debut on the cultural stage, particularly in literature. However, although lesbianism started to emerge during Chopin’s lifetime, it seems doubtful that it played any formative role for Edna’s characterization....   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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Symbolism in Chapter 17 of Chopin’s The Awakening

- Symbolism in Chapter 17 of Chopin’s The Awakening The end of Chapter 17 in Chopin’s THE AWAKENING offers a richly compressed portrait of a woman desperate to break through the bonds of domesticity and embark into the unknown. The passages (pages 74 and 75) immediately follow the dinner scene in which Edna first announces to Léonce that she will longer observe the ritual of Tuesday reception day. After Léonce departs for the club, Edna eats her dinner alone and retires to her room: “It was a large, beautiful room, rich and picturesque in the soft, dim light which the maid had turned low....   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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LeBlanc’s Gender Criticism of Chopin’s The Awakening

- LeBlanc’s Gender Criticism of Chopin’s The Awakening Tomorrow marks thirty years since the Roe vs. Wade decision that gave women a reproductive choice in America. The occasion reminds me that women are continuously struggling to attain and maintain various levels of freedom. Elizabeth LeBlanc’s gender criticism of The Awakening---a novel published before women acquired suffrage---highlights one such freedom: the freedom to live on one’s own terms. The discussion delineates how Kate Chopin’s tale of one woman’s “choices, actions and attitudes may be construed as the attempts of a woman trapped in a sexually (in)different world to reconstitute herself as lesbian” (241)....   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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symbolaw Use of Symbols and Symbolism in The Awakening

- Use of Symbolism in Chopin's The Awakening The Awakening is a novel full of symbolism; within each narrative segment there is often a central and powerful symbol that serves to add meaning to the text and to underline some subtle point Chopin is making. Understanding the meaning of these symbols is vital to a full appreciation of the story. This essay lists some of the major symbols with explanations of their importance. Art becomes a symbol of both freedom and failure. It is through the process of trying to become an artist that Edna reaches the highest point of her awakening....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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Kate Chopin The Awakening

- Kate Chopin The Awakening To what extent does Edna Pontellier, in Kate Chopin's The Awakening, mark a departure from the female characters of earlier nineteenth-century American novels The Awakening was published in 1899, and it immediately created a controversy. Contemporaries of Kate Chopin (1851-1904) were shocked by her depiction of a woman with active sexual desires, who dares to leave her husband and have an affair. Instead of condemning her protagonist, Chopin maintains a neutral, non-judgmental tone throughout and appears to even condone her character's unconventional actions....   [tags: Kate Chopin The Awakening Literature Papers]

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Free Awakening Essays: Kate Chopin

- The Awakening: Kate Chopin Kate Chopin was an American author who lived during the nineteenth century, but because of The Awakening, a novel which was considered scandalous at the time, she has just recently been "…accepted into the canon of major American writers"(Trosky 105). Through Kate Chopin’s main character of The Awakening, Edna Pontellier, she is able to portray her feelings and desires that were otherwise suppressed by the ideals of American society at that time. Kate Chopin was born on February 8, 1851 in St....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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Wolff’s View on Feminine Sexuality in Chopin’s The Awakening

- Wolff’s View on Feminine Sexuality in Chopin’s The Awakening In her essay “Un-Utterable Longing: The Discourse of Feminine Sexuality in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening” Cynthia Griffin Wolff sees the lack of a language—for Edna Pontellier’s sexual desires in particular and female sexuality in general—as the main theme in Chopin’s novel. She particularly looks at how issues of sexuality remain unsaid in the novel, or how they are expressed in a different way, because of the lack of a language of feminine sexuality....   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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Margit Stange’s Literary Criticism of Chopin’s The Awakening

- Margit Stange’s Literary Criticism of Chopin’s The Awakening Kate Chopin created Edna Pontellier, but neither the character nor her creator was divorced from the world in which Chopin lived. As a means to understand the choices Chopin gave Edna, Margit Stange evaluates The Awakening in the context of the feminist ideology of the late nineteenth century. Specifically, she argues that Edna is seeking what Chopin’s contemporaries denoted self-ownership, a notion that pivoted on sexual choice and “voluntary motherhood” (276)....   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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Edna’s Realization in Chapter 28 of Chopin’s The Awakening

- Edna’s Realization in Chapter 28 of Chopin’s The Awakening The fifteen lines of chapter 28 express Edna’s multi-voiced mindset after her relationship with Arobin exceeds the boundaries of friendship. The chapter opens with her crying and then explores the process of guilt as it sets in. Edna’s guilt, however, is afflicted by the other figures in her life, not by her own sense of wrongdoing. The manipulating voices in Edna’s life do affect her, but they do not linger as they once did. It is her voice, her realization, that comes at the end....   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

- The Awakening What is an awakening. Throughout the book "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin, the character Edna goes through several awakenings that change her outlook on social norms. The simplest things can cause a person to awake. An awakening is the sudden realization, or insight, of something that was previously unknown. This is usually triggered by an occurrence or experience. Edna goes through independent, true love, gender, social, and sexual awakenings. Each time a person has an awakening you become more and more enlightened to societies faults and in Edna's case oppressions....   [tags: enlightment, edna, social norms, sex]

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An Awakekening In Mable Pervin : An Awakening

- Mable Pervin: An Awakening Most people would view this as a love story, and in a way, it is. Mostly this is the story of a woman reaching her sexual awakening and regaining hope during an impossible situation. In the short story, “The Horse Dealers Daughter” by D.H. Lawrence, Mabel Pervin is found with few options as her brothers suggest various rather unpleasant prospects. Mabel’s reservation, determination, and pride kept her a self- assured woman up until the point of her sexual awakening giving her hope for the future....   [tags: Woman, Women's suffrage, English-language films]

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

- Kate Chopin, inspired through her strong-willed widowed mother and grandmother, wrote inspiring stories of female heroines that were rejected by a society unwilling to accept Chopin’s risqué subjects. She was born into an affluent family on February 8th, 1851 in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended convent schools where she was strongly encouraged to pursue her writing career. She spent much of her free time by herself, in her attic, reading vigorously. Her mother and grandmother strongly encouraged her to think for herself and pursue her interests....   [tags: Edna Pontellier, female heroines]

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growaw Epiphany of Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

- The Epiphany in The Awakening       Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, presents the struggle of an American woman at the turn of the century to find her own identity.  At the beginning of the novel, the protagonist, Edna Pontellier, seems to define her identity in terms of being a wife, a mother and a member of her community.  As the story progresses, Edna seeks to define herself as an individual.  The turning point in her struggle can be seen clearly in a scene in which Edna realizes for the first time that she can swim.  Having struggled to learn to swim for months, she realizes in this scene that it is easy and natural.  This discovery is symbolic of Edna’s break from viewing herself...   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

- The Awakening by Kate Chopin has a very significant reason for the title. The title is significant for its many ways in which the main character Edna awakes to the world around her. She wakes up to better understand herself as a woman, and realizes she is unsatisfied with her life, including her sexual activity. We can see Edna’s awakening in three major stages, which lead up to the end of the book, and Edna’s death. She struggles to choose what to do with her life, wanting to go and explore and fulfill all her desires, because she has a husband and children, which she is supposed to support and take care of, like the way women were supposed to, the Victorian womanhood....   [tags: story and character analysis]

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The Impact of Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, and Local Color on The Awakening

-         Four major literary movements can claim some aspect of The Awakening, for in this "small compass . . . [is illustrated] virtually all the major American intellectual and literary trends of the nineteenth century" (Skaggs, 80).    The Romantic movement marked a profound shift in sensibilities away from the Enlightenment. It was inspired by reaction to that period's concepts of clarity, order, and balance, and by the revolutions in America, France, Poland, and Greece. It expressed the assertion of the self, the power of the individual, a sense of the infinite, and transcendental nature of the universe....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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The Awakening By Kate Chopin

- The Awakening written by Kate Chopin in 1899 was a feminist fiction novel ahead of its time. When the book was first published, it was met with condemnation and scorn from the public. They did not approve of the controversial topic of a woman not being dependent or subservient to her husband and family. Ironically, The Awakening became very popular in the 1950s, well after Chopin had died, and was praised for its “[beautiful] writing and its modern sensibility” (“Kate Chopin”). The novel demonstrates that people are pressured to conform to the binary gender roles of society in the 19th century....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Woman, Transgender]

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Choice of Lifestyle in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

- Choice of Lifestyle in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening One of many poignant themes in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is Edna Pontellier’s fundamental choice of lifestyle -- the choice of dedication to the aesthete, the solitude of art (as represented by Mademoiselle Reisz), or devotion to the all-consuming task of becoming a domestic goddess (as Madame Ratignolle has done). Considered mutually exclusive not only by Chopin but by American society as a whole, the role of the housewife leaves little room for the serious pursuit of art....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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feminaw Seeking a New Identity for Women in The Awakening

- Seeking a New Identity for Women in The Awakening        In The Awakening, Chopin questions gender roles. Chopin seeks an identity for women that is neither wife nor mother. To achieve this end, she incorporates progressive feminist ideas into her writing. Yet, in the end, Chopin also shows that, because of years of conditioning, many women are unable to escape society’s stereotypical roles by any satisfactory means. The protagonist of the novel, Edna Pontellier, does not possess the skills needed to become independent and, despite attempts to escape, succumbs finally to the doomed dream of romantic love....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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Kate Chopin's The Awakening Analysis

- Throughout the history of the South, there have been many famous male writers. Although females were supposed to be more of a stay at home type wife, there have been a few female writers including the famous one, Kate Chopin. One of Kate Chopin’s most famous book is called The Awakening, which is set in New Orleans around the Louisiana's Gulf (Toth and Bernard.). During the nineteenth century, women were not allowed to have multiple spouses; however, Kate Chopin was an activist on female freedom and sexual awareness (Hönnighausen)....   [tags: Woman, Gender, Love, Female, Women's suffrage]

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The Awakening

- American author Kate Chopin wrote two published novels and about a hundred short stories in the 1890s Most of her fiction is set in Louisiana and most of her best-known work focuses on the lives of sensitive, intelligent women. Her short stories were well received in her own time and were published by some of America’s most prestigious magazines—Vogue, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Young People, and Century. Her early novel At Fault (1890) had not been much noticed by the public, but The Awakening (1899) was widely condemned....   [tags: Gender Lens Analysis]

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Spring Awakening

- “Ignorance and innocence are not always synonymous” (Ziegler 5) is the moral of Frank Wedekind’s play, Frühlings Erwachen, which was first performed in 1906. Wedekind employs satire to warn against the dangers of lack of education for the youth of the play. Spring Awakening, as it is known to English audiences, tells the story of three teenagers, who are being awakened to their sexual desires. However, they are entirely unprepared to deal with these desires. Thus, “the awakening leads to death” (Boa, Spring Awakening 27) in the case of two of the characters and leads the third character to become “imprisoned as a moral degenerate.” (Ziegler 5) In 2007, Spring Awakening: A New Musical, based...   [tags: Frank Wedekind, Frühlings Erwachen]

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Margit Stange’s Literary Criticism of Chopin’s The Awakening

- Margit Stange’s Literary Criticism of Chopin’s The Awakening Margit Stange makes a series of meaningful connections between Kate Chopin’s dramatization of Edna Pontellier’s “awakening” and the historical context of feminist thought which Stange believes influenced the novel. Part of understanding Edna’s motives and Chopin’s thinking are Stange’s well-chosen references to the contemporary ideology that shapes Edna’s thinking and her choices. Stange argues that Edna is seeking the late-nineteenth-century conception of self-ownership, which pivots on “voluntary motherhood.” Edna’s awakening, her acquisition of self-determination, comes from identifying and re-distributing what she owns, which...   [tags: Chopin Awakening Literature Essays]

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feminaw Edna Pontellier’s Predicament in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

- Edna's Predicament in The Awakening Dr. Mandelet, speaking more as a wise, older man than as a medical authority, seems to understand Edna's predicament. When Mr. Pontellier asks for his advice concerning the strange behaviour of his wife, the doctor immediately wonders, "Is there any man in the case?" (950). While Edna thinks she is expressing her independent rights, Dr. Mandelet knows her heart is still tied to the need for a man in her life, and to an uncontrolled submission to sexual passion....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays]

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What I Know About God 's Sexual Presence Within Humanity

- In the past, Kent persisted as a minister, and that pious position swirled in my brain, as his verbal grilling continued. His tone indicated he needed a topic to grasp onto and asked what the theme of the book happened to be. Like a programmed recording, I repeated, “God’s sexual presence within humanity.” At that point, the man’s voice seemed to fade off, like a befuddled soul in a fog. Subsequently, he said rather bewildering, “Once more, just how am I supposed to visualize that?” My pulse raced, as a nauseating wave came over my body, and the anticipation of having a heart attack seemed possible....   [tags: Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior]

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Suicide as the Best Option in Kate Chopin's AwakeningSuicide as the Best Option in Kate Chopin's Awakening

- Suicide as the Best Option in Kate Chopin's Awakening The Awakening, written by Kate Chopin, was considered controversial at the time it was first published in 1892 because of its intense sexual context. In fact, the critics of that era wrote in newspapers and magazines about the novel "it’s not a healthy book," "sex fiction," "we are well satisfied when Ms. Pontellier deliberately swims to her death," "an essential vulgar story," and "unhealthy introspective and morbid" (Wyatt). Edna, the main character, engages in sexual relationships outside of marriage....   [tags: Kate Chopin Awakening Essays]

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What I Know About God 's Sexual Presence Within Humanity

- In the past, Kent possessed a minister, and that pious position swirled in my brain, as his verbal grilling continued. His tone indicated he needed a topic to grasp onto and asked what the theme of the book happened to be. Like a programmed recording, I repeated, God’s sexual presence within humanity.” At that point, the man’s voice seemed to fade off, like a befuddled soul in a fog. Subsequently, he he said rather bewildering, “Once more, just how am I supposed to visualize that?” My pulse raced, as a nauseating wave came over my body, and I anticipated I was on the edge of evidently having a heart attack....   [tags: Ontology, Existence, Sexual intercourse]

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The significance of the title The Awakening

- In comparison to other works such as Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn wherein the title succinctly tells what the story shall contain, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening represents a work whose title can only be fully understood after the incorporation of the themes and content into the reader’s mind, which can only be incorporated by reading the novel itself. The title, The Awakening, paints a vague mental picture for the reader at first and does not fully portray what content the novel will possess....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Essay on The Awakening

- In their analytical papers on The Awakening by Kate Chopin, both Elaine Showalter and Elizabeth Le Blanc speak to the importance of homosocial relationship to Edna’s awakenings. They also share the viewpoint that Edna’s return to the sea in the final scene of the book represents Edna being one with her female lover and finding the fulfillment she has been seeking. We see evidence of this idea of the sea as a feminine from Showalter when she tells us that “As the female body is prone to wetness, blood, milk, tears and amniotic fluid, so in drowning the woman is immersed in feminine organic element....   [tags: Kate Chopin, homosocial relationships]

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Essay on The Awakening and A Doll's House

- Comparison of The Awakening and A Doll's House       The Awakening, a novel by Kate Chopin, and A Doll's House, a play by Henrik Ibsen, are two works of literature that can be readily compared. Both works take place in the same time period, around the late 1800s. Both works feature a woman protagonist who is seeking a better understanding of herself. Both Edna and Nora, the main characters, display traits of feminism. Both Edna and Nora have an awakening in which she realizes that she has not been living up to her full potential....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparison Of Giovannis Room AndThe Awakening And Giovanni's Room

- James Baldwin’s, Giovanni’s room and Kate Chopin’s, The Awakening are two completely different stories but are actually more similar than one might think. Giovanni’s Room is a story about a gay man named David who struggles with his sexual identity. This contrasts Chopin’s story about Edna, a woman who experiences an awakening about her oppressed life. Although Giovanni’s Room and The Awakening have much different plots, they share similar themes such as societal pressures, identity, and entrapment....   [tags: Gender, Marriage, Gender identity, Man]

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Sexual Revolution

- Looking at our past, there have been dramatic changes in the way humans view sex. Long before the 1900s individuals framed their views based on the religious institution. Due to the fact that they strongly centered their idea of sexual thought on religion, they believed that the only purpose of having sex was to procreate. As the 1920’s approached, there were various factors that changed the way individuals viewed sex. The “new women” known, as flappers were women who were confident in who they were....   [tags: sex, flappers, women, society]

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The Awakening

- The Awakening, by Kate Chopin is a novel that should be read. It is beautifully written, deals with important issues of oppression, and is a true quest for ones self. Unfortunately it does not meet Harold Blooms criteria for the Canon. According to Harold Bloom in his critical essay An Elegy for the Canon, a novel must embody certain characteristics in order for it to be canonical. Sadly, The Awakening falls short of one major criteria of the canon that can not be overlooked. There are many characteristics that define a canonical piece of work, and the three standards listed deal first with Aesthetic quality, such as diction, and symbolism....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Awakening

- The Awakening is a story full of symbolism and imagery that can have many different meanings to the many who have read it. I have read several different theories on Kate Chopin’s meaning and though some are vastly different, they all seem to make sense. It has been said that Kate Chopin might have been ambiguous just for this reason. At some point, almost everyone struggles with knowing or not knowing their purpose in life, and therefore it seems, that on some level, most who read the story about Edna Pontellier can relate to her in some way....   [tags: Kate Chopin essays research papers]

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The Awakening

- The Awakening opens in the late 1800s in Grand Isle, a summer holiday resort popular with the wealthy inhabitants of nearby New Orleans. Edna Pontellier is vacationing with her husband, Léonce, and their two sons at the cottages of Madame Lebrun, which house affluent Creoles from the French Quarter. Léonce is kind and loving but preoccupied with his work. His frequent business-related absences mar his domestic life with Edna. Consequently, Edna spends most of her time with her friend Adèle Ratignolle, a married Creole who epitomizes womanly elegance and charm....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Awakening

- The Awakening The Awakening by Kate Chopin was considered very shocking when it was first published because of the "sexual awakening" of the main character, Edna Pontellier, and her unconventional behavior. Chopin moved to New Orleans after her marriage and lived there for twelve years until the death of her husband. She returned to St. Louis where she began writing. She used her knowledge of Louisiana and Creole culture to create wonderful descriptions of local color, and she incorporated French phrases used by the Creoles....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Awakening

- The short novel, The Awakening, begins at a crisis in Edna Pontellier's life. Edna is a free-spirited and passionate woman who has a hard time finding means of communications and a real role as a wife and a mother. Edna finds herself desperately wanting her own emotional and sexual identities. During one summer while her husband, Leonce, is out of town on business, her frustration and need for emotional freedom leads to an affair with a younger man. Her search for identity and love leads her on a wild ride against society and tests her strengths to the end....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Creole Men of The Awakening by Kate Chopin

- In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, the Creole men are as diverse and different as Edna. Kate Chopin’s story centers around a woman, unsatisfied with her life in a man dominated society. The three main male characters resemble typical men of that era. Chopin shows the diversity of each of those three characters- Roberts awakening, and the struggle to do the right thing, Alcee and his carefree and unconcerned attitude towards society's expectations, and Mr. Pontiller, a business man, with little time left for wife and family....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Feminism in the Awakening by Kate Chopin

- Kate Chopin boldly uncovered an attitude of feminism to an unknowing society in her novel The Awakening. Her excellent work of fiction was not acknowledged at the time she wrote it because feminism had not yet come to be widespread. Chopin rebelled against societal norms (just like Edna) of her time era and composed the novel, The Awakening, using attitudes of characters in favor to gender, variations in the main character, descriptions and Edna's suicide to show her feminist situation. Society during Chopin's time era alleged women to be a feeble, dependent gender whose place laid nothing above mothering and housekeeping....   [tags: gender, society, suicide, feminism]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

- In the nineteen thirties, women were raised with a strict criteria for the way they were required to live their lives. Regardless of love, women only strived to marry men who owned great deals of land. In their eyes, the more land their husbands owned, the more stability they were offered. They lived at their husband’s beck and call, and did not openly oppose to their thoughts. Women rarely strayed away from what was socially acceptable, and ignored what the main character, Janie, from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston, could not....   [tags: women's role, social awakening]

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

- ... . that dares and defies” society. As her awakening progresses, “she tries to define her relative self by considering her feelings about motherhood and her relationships with people” (“Themes”). For her, motherhood is a restriction; one of society’s ideals of women; a giving up of any desires for herself and devoting herself to her children and husband. In essence, a “mother- woman”, she was “expected to protect their children from harm and dot them and be submissive to their husbands” (Chopin 16)....   [tags: edna, choices, experiences]

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Kate Chopin 's The Awakening

- “The Awakening is…an excruciatingly exact dissection of the ways in which society distorts a woman’s true nature” (Wolff). As stated by literary critic Cynthia Griffin Wolff, Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, portrays Edna Pontellier’s awakening and the reality of what it was like to be a woman living in the 1800s. Edna spends her summer in Grand Isle where she is confronted by a Creole society which she has never experienced before. As the summer ends, Edna finds herself questioning her sexual and artistic nature, parts of herself that she had abandoned after getting married....   [tags: Wife, Woman, Kate Chopin, Marriage]

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Comparing The Ionian Awakening And The Enlightenment

- Throughout history there have been many philosophers that have contributed to the way we view the world today. Although each philosopher’s way of thinking was unique, their ideas would usually derive from a previous philosopher. Greek philosophers are especially the most well known by today’s society. Where would we be without the theories of Socrates, Plato, or Aristotle. Although some of their theories may not be correct, they still made us raise questions about the world we live in and come up with answers that we rely on today....   [tags: Plato, Socrates, Philosophy, Aristotle]

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Gender Roles in "The Awakening"

- Gender Roles in The Awakening The 1890’s were an era of rapid social change in regards to women’s rights. In 1893, Colorado was the first state granting women the right to vote with Utah and Idaho following soon after in 1896. This soon set momentum towards of ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. It was in 1899 the Kate Chopin published The Awakening, a novel telling the tale of a suppressed mother, Edna Pontellier, and her desire for something more in her life. Literary scholars consider Chopin’s The Awakening as a subtle yet effective portrayal of women of the late 19th century and consider it as an important piece of the feminism movement....   [tags: Gender Roles]

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The Awakening By Kate Chopin

- Kate Chopin’s writing throughout The Awakening is provocative in nature, designed to create thought in the readers by illustrating the deepest, darkest secrets that no woman of the time would admit to thinking. The novel brings into question the place women were put in the society of the time by linking Edna’s actions with her death. If Edna was not fond of her husband and wanted out of the marriage, why did she have to resort to suicide. Why wasn’t it acceptable for her to leave and start anew with a man she truly loved....   [tags: The Crucible, John Proctor, Elizabeth Proctor]

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Freudian Psychoanalysis and the Awakening

- Freudian Psychoanalysis and the Awakening Sigmund Freud, the preeminent, 19th century, European neurologist and psychologist, designed a theory he labelled “psychoanalysis,” a theory which would transcend all borders and integrate itself deeply into many facets of society. In fact, an American named Kate Chopin, wrote a book entitled The Awakening, which was published at the turn of the 19th century, in which this theory played an integral role in expressing the complexity, relevance, and growth of the main character....   [tags: Psychology, Literary Review]

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The Awakening By Kate Chopin

- In 2011, the film called: The Awakening was relaeased. Which is not to be confused with the book of the same title by Kate Chopin. Even though there were mixed reviews on the movie, it should not take away that this would be a dream for all Sigmund Freud enthusasists. There is a number of elements that correspond to his thoeries on personality and psychoanalysis. The film is about Florence Cathcart, an author and debunker of the supernatural, sometime in post-World War I. After a boy 's death, she is requested to investigate a boarding school that is reportedly having sighting a ghost on the grounds....   [tags: Sigmund Freud, Oral stage]

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The Awakening By Kate Chopin

- The Awakening What is there to attempt when the consciousness of an insuperable conundrum is surfaced to realization. This topic is considered in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening in which a young woman, Edna, recognizes the social constraint that men generally had on women as a married mother herself. Despite her identification, continued attempts for liberation only ended in inexorable defeat. In contrast, the perception of an ongoing dilemma can sometimes conclude in the ultimate goal: positive change....   [tags: Suicide, Suicide methods, Depression]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal

- In the nineteen thirties, parents raised their daughters with a strict criterion for the way they were required to live their lives in marriage. Regardless of love, women only strived to marry men who owned great deals of land. In their eyes, the more land their husbands owned, the more stability they were offered. They lived at their husband’s beck and call, and did not openly oppose to their thoughts. Women rarely strayed away from this stability. In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston, the main character Janie is raised with belief as well....   [tags: janie's awakening, marriage, womanhood]

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The Awakening By William Shakespeare

- 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....   [tags: Gender, Feminism, Love, Marriage]

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

- Edna Pontellier in The Awakening by Kate Chopin begins the novel in a semiconscious state where she is living the role condemned to her by society of a mother and homemaker. Her progression from a passive woman to a passionate, independent female corresponds to the steps she takes in her “awakening”. As Edna lets go of societal principles and her stereotypical role in the world, Edna creates a new identity away from her family and embodies the “new woman”. She knows she cannot truly escape society which is why she ultimately submits to death....   [tags: edna pontellier, romantic illusion]

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Understanding The Great Awakening

- Evangelicals have made numerous strides in American Society throughout the years. Evangelicalism is a term referring to movements that brought forth a series of revivals in seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, also known as The Great Awakenings. Revivals have occurred in almost every church age. The First Great Awakening changed modern evangelism and how churches are conducted today. It is important to understand what the Great Awakening was, what caused it, and what effects the Great Awakening created....   [tags: Evangelicalism, religious revivals]

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Edna’s Suicide in The Awakening

- The Awakening by Kate Chopin ends with the death of the main character, Edna Pontellier. Stripping off her clothes, she swims out to sea until her arms can no longer support her, and she drowns. It was not necessarily a suicide, neither was it necessarily the best option for escaping her problems. We are told that she walks down to the beach “rather mechanically,” (Chopin 108) and that she doesn’t think about much, other than the heat of the sun. This doesn’t seem terribly interesting until we read that the reason she isn’t thinking is because she had, “done all the thinking which was necessary after Robert went away, when she lay awake upon the sofa till morning.” (Chopin 108) This means t...   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

- In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, a woman's entrapment within a patriarchal society reveals to her the bonds of having to live up the society's standards which further demonstrates the corruption and skewed perspectives of the post-Victorian era. In the novella, Edna Pontellier's, a wife of a rich Creole businessman, sexual and spiritual desires surface themselves which distinguishes a separation between her pursuit of happiness and her responsibilities as a mother and wife. As an oppressed character, she does anything in her power to achieve freedom, no matter how sinful the acts to getting there may be....   [tags: Kate Chopin, Analysis]

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