The Awakekening In Kate Chopin's A & P And The Awakening
There are over fifty years between the idea of "A&P" and The Awakening. The time does not yield the connection between these two stories. "A&P" is a coming of age tale about the importance of decisions. Main character, Sammy, quits his job after his boss shows disrespect towards three beautiful girls at the store. The Awakening is a story about the fight for women's independence and individuality. The novel is based in the life of Edna, a married woman with two children. She strays away from her normal, basic life to experience the freedoms of an artist. Kate Chopin's The Awakening and John Updike's "A&P" have comparable themes that are portrayed through character and setting.
The theme of identity is present in The Awakening. In this story, Edna feels bored with herself. She decides to try out a new life. This causes a lot of problems to occur for her. She experiences adultery, depression, and second thoughts about being a mother. She could not find her identity in the end, which led to her alleged suicide. Edna enjoyed being doing as she pleased, as shown here: "She began to do as she liked and to feel as she liked. She …show more content…
He is used to the daily customers and the boring workloads. So, when he sees three girls in bathing suits, his day became more interesting. When his boss scrutinized the three young ladies, Sammy had an identity crisis. He did something that he normally would not do—he quit. In that instant, he didn’t want to be associated with his boss's principles. Sammy longs to do something that matters, when he finally quits these thoughts come to mind: "I know that's true, too, but remembering how he made that pretty girl blush makes me so scrunchy inside I punch the No Sale tab and the machine whirs "pee-pul" and the drawer splats out" (Updike 60). Sammy's experience in "A&P" has been beneficial to him finding his identity—which helps develop the