Kate Chopin 's The Awakening Essay

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In the “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin, the author centers the novel around Edna Pontellier who goes through a journey of finding freedom in environment with strict gender roles for women in the Victorian era. She proceeds to go on a journey of finding independence in a strict society by breaking the rules that has set up for her. There are several instances throughout the novel where she disobeyed the gender roles for the sake of her own freedom. An instance is when Edna was being defiant towards her husband when he repeatedly asked her come back to the house. Another instance is when she decided to leave her husband and live on her own little house. Edna becomes very courageous in her pursuit to find independence by abandoning the stereotype of a submissive wife through her drinking very unladylike and declaring herself free from her role as a wife. The importance of these scenes is to illustrate how Edna desire to be free results in her doing the courageous act of disobeying the gender roles. Chopin demonstrates this through dialogue in her novel. In the Victorian era, women always obeyed their husbands and were respectful to them. Yet, when Léonce, Edna’s husband, told Edna that he will not “permit [her] to stay out there all night. [She] must come in the house instantly(31).” Edna responded with “Léonce, go to bed, I do mean to stay out here. I don’t wish to go in, and I don 't intend to (31)” with a boldness in her tone. This moment illustrates Edna…

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