Essay on Kate Chopin 's The Awakening

1625 Words Nov 24th, 2016 7 Pages
In the beginning of time, gender was distinguished that males were more powerful or stronger than females. Today, those unfair gender norms are still evident but are changing into new norms, where females and males are equal. In the article “The Masculine Sea and the Impossibility of Awakening in Chopin 's The Awakening”, the author claims about Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, “This study intends to argue and conclude that Chopin had this belief that the male socio-cultural formation does not let women experience freedom.” This furthermore explains that in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, the main female characters, Edna and Jane, represent the difference in gender, suggesting females are overpowered by male dominance, subjecting them from living a freewill life. Women in these novels are overpowered by men due to the fact that the appearance of what a woman was like at the time was low and diminished. Both novels were set in an old time’s setting; before women’s rights and equality bloomed into the scene. Thus representing Edna and Jane as just property of their husbands. In The Awakening, as Mr. Pontellier looks at his wife, his thoughts are, “[…] looking at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage.” (Chopin 1.3) Mr. Pontellier has everything a successful man wants/needs, including a beautiful wife that makes him look even more successful. It is evident Mr. Pontellier…

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