The Awakening By Kate Chopin Essay

1301 Words Oct 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Megan Mahon
American Literature
25 October 2016
The Awakening
In the 1930’s it was very hard to find women willing to stand up for what they believed in and be themselves because at the time the world was run by men. For example, Rosa Parks, a young African American woman stood up for equality knowing that the consequences of her actions would be bad. This shows that it was very rare for women to break their stereotypes, but when they did it had a huge impact on the way that person was viewed. Rosa Parks stood up for what she believed in, even though society told her not to, much like the protagonist in The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Kate Chopin’s, “The Awakening” focuses on Edna Pontellier as the main protagonist in the story. She is 28 years old and married to a businessman in New Orleans. However, she realizes that she is displeased at her marriage that involves living a limited and conservative lifestyle. Therefore, in the novel, she emerges from this lifestyle and adopts a new approach of total awareness with what happens around her. Through the procession of the story, Edna’s character exhibits the models of feminism perspective to life and marriage. She grows to become an independent woman who becomes responsible for her own passions and urges. Nevertheless, her awakening isolates her from society, which leads to her isolated living. Therefore, her ‘awakening’ is an indicator of Kate Chopin’s feminism in the novel, as it is characterized by her urges and…

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