Essay on The Awakening By Kate Chopin

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin is about a woman’s revolution from a submissive traditional homemaker and mother into a self-realized, sexually free and sovereign woman. “The novel chronicles her transformation from a quiet, not entirely content housewife to a spirited, freethinking artist haunted by feelings of aimlessness and despair”. (1) The novel published in 1899, in a time where a woman lacks the equality of other individuals throughout the family and finds themselves treated as property of their husband’s. “Born, she claimed, of the discontent of the average housewife, The Feminine Mystique appears to mirror the argument of Chopin’s 1899 novel where the heroine is jolted to feminist consciousness only through realizing her status as bored property rather than person within the dictates of the family.” (Killeen) Throughout the novel Edna Pontieller expresses her progress, in The Awakening, as a new woman by using symbolism through the caged birds, art/music, houses, the sea, and the lady in black.
From the very beginning of the novel, The Awakening, the caged birds play a main role in symbolizing Edna’s entrapment from her husband, children, and society. In the book the parrots kept repeating ““ Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That’s all right!”” (1.) Which in English means, “Go away! Go away! For heaven’s sake!” This symbolizes the way Edna feels, as if nobody can understand her, just as the birds speak a language nobody understands. In the book, it says,…

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