Summary: The Awakening By Kate Chopin

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Johana Polanco
Mr. Amoroso
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October 25, 2016
By Kate Chopin

How can one function in society when death is your true awakening? The Awakening by Kate Chopin portrays Edna Pontellier as a heroic figure during the late 1800s. Edna Pontellier a wife, and mother wanted to be more; she wanted to regain her individuality that she felt society stole from her. Ms. Pontellier could not adapt to the pressures and expectations that the mother-wife lifestyle brought her. Thus, she rebelled. This rebellion was significant because for many women, she acts as one of the many courageous catalyst for the rights and privileges women endure today. “A GREEN AND YELLOW parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating
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A woman such as Edna, on the other hand, was considered weak as many men believed they were dependent on their husbands. Edna was unable to reconcile her reality because of this discrimination leading to her various social outbursts. Women were frowned upon if they chose to disobey their husbands or express themselves untraditionally. It was socially unaccepted for a female to be divorced or to have never married. A woman who joined in men’s conversation, who owed their own home, read books, had a job or even didn’t live with their children was denoted socially as well as mentally devalued. This was Edna’s fortune unfortunately as it did not suffice. Traditionally, women stayed home all day to tend to their family’s needs. This was not of interest to Edna Pontellier, she cared for her needs before those of anyone else’s. The failure in consideration of Edna’s ability to have a voice throughout society or her own home represents the struggle of women who faced constant sexism throughout this era. Edna Pontellier would no longer be considered the “sole object of his existence.” (Pg. 5) She was a woman with her own agenda, as she was looking for her own identity and would not live by her husband’s objectification. Edna shows this as she moves out of the family home and into her “pigeon house” (pg. 79) this was a breach into the modern-day divorce, which is significant as she knowingly embraced the shunning of her husband if it meant she was autonomous. She was not one of the “women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed in holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.” (Pg. 8) Edna Pontellier was unlike many women of her time as she never took commands. She did not try to portray herself as the average household wife neither did she try to live up those expectations. She shows this apathy as she admits to being fond

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