Kate Chopin 's The Awakening Essays

1365 Words Dec 14th, 2015 6 Pages
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 money, and utilities. This relates to A Doll’s House because Nora, Torvald’s wife, is also financially dependent on her husband. Torvald works for the bank and is the provider for his wife and children. Nora did not have a stable job to contribute to the family, so she goes to Torvald for money.

Robledo 2
This leads to the wife being a stay at home mom taking care of her children, which shows the roles of women. With the help of the housemaid, Edna would spend time with her children every…

Related Documents