Similarities Between The Awakening And A Doll's House

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In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, she establishes some similarities about women and gender compared to A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. Those similarities portray how women are expected to behave and how their husbands treat them. Both authors also talk about the limited roles the wife has in her family as well as the male roles. These similarities from both stories reveal how women are viewed.

In The Awakening, the wife, Edna Pontellier was financially dependent of her husband, Leoncé Pontellier. He provides the house on Esplanade Street in New Orleans, the food, a maid and a chef. Although Mrs. Pontellier worked as a receptionist, she only worked on Tuesdays, which was not enough to maintain herself and her family. Mr. Pontellier left to work since nine in the morning until six in the evening. In other words, Chopin shows the roles of each gender. The husband is a hard worker that maintains and provides for the family, while the wife is depending on the husband for the
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For example, in the play A Doll’s House, Mrs. Linden says Nora is a child in many ways. These ways consist of impatience, irresponsible with money, and hiding candy from her husband. Maybe the reason why she acts child like is because of how dependent she was with on her father. Nora’s husband calls her names as if she were a child for instance, “my little bird”, “little woman”, and “little squirrel”. In The Awakening, one of Edna’s good friend named Madame Ratignolle said, ” In some way you seem to me like a child, Edna. You seem to act without a certain amount of reflection which is necessary in this life”(Chopin, 160). The reason why Madame Ratignolle believes that Edna is acting childlike is because she is making her own impulsive decisions, such as moving out of her home away from her family. Also Doctor Mandelet calls Edna “my child” signifying she thinks like a

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