Feminism And Gender Symbolism In Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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During the nineteenth century, a shift known as the women’s suffrage movement swept society off its feet, introducing feminism to change to social construct built upon men and women. This movement allowed many authors to take advantage of the time period and further motivate society with pro-feminist arts. For instance, Kate Chopin 's novel, The Awakening, she prevails feminism and gender justification through the actions of Edna Pontellier 's lifestyle. Expressing the dilemma of women’s life being directed towards a lifestyle laid out by men. Edna challenges this order of a modern women, evading the stereotype as a mediocre “housewife”. After witnessing no escape from this order Edna constructs a suicide that eliminate purpose from her battle …show more content…
On contrary others believe feminism to be taught another way as achieving beyond men “Realizing that we live in a male dominated society, some feminists try to change the ideals of stereotypical women who believe in such standards. … They struggle to eliminate some of our world 's biases where intolerant men see women as thoughtless objects below them.” (The Women’s Information Exchange). Many feminist try to conceal the ideals of a stereotypical female and shove them away from those who believe in this optimal lifestyle. As for Edna--a female driven through lifeless values and virtues-- pushes through the points of feminism displaying a want self-cause and independence as she tells Madame Ratignolle “she would never sacrifice herself for her children, or for anyone…. I would give up the essential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn 't give myself” (Chopin 47). This adds on to the wishes of Edna wanting her life to have meaning and be destine for something; as if she throws away her life she would essentially be living up to the ideal social construct rather than opposing the natural order .“A feeling of exultation overtook her, as if some power of significant import had been given to her to control the working of her body and her soul… She wanted to swim out far, where no women had swam before.” (Chopin 27). After

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