The Awakening Feminist Analysis

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The New Era for Stronger Women
G.D Anderson says, “Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” Women alone are strong and don’t need a man’s help to make them become powerful. What is feminist analysis? These words closely examine how male dominance and female powerlessness manifest themselves in specific aspects of society through a text. Feminist literature supports the goals of defending equal economic and social rights for women. Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Over the years women and young girls have been able to express themselves and have an education. In the Middle East,
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Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” made the protagonist character Edna Pontellier. She herself upset many 19th century expectations for women and their supposed roles. The author made a shocking actions of having the character having to be denial of her role as a mother and a wife. The concept of being able to free herself from society’s expectations was most important in the novel. Edna finds two models that everyone looks up to, named Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz, contrast with her from knowing their roles and following them. She realizes that the life of freedom and individually that she wants is against society and nature. Women weren’t given the time and chance to explore what the world is besides being a perfect wife and mother in other people’s eyes. For example, “ I always feel so sorry for women who don’t like to walk; they miss so much-so many rare little glimpses of life; and we women learn so little of life on the whole.” Since women were given roles by their husbands they didn’t get the chance to explore for themselves. Also, they did not get the chance to learn about the world and see what opportunities the world had to offer to them. The main character Edna wanted to be free like any other women who was suffering in the 19th century but didn’t have a clue how to be free. The character Edna says , “One of these days- I’m going to pull myself together for a while and think try to determine what character of a woman I am.” While on the other hand the character Arobin says, “Don’t. What’s the use? Why should you bother thinking about it when I can tell you what manner of woman you are.” This two quotes together is an example of a stereotypical man telling the woman who she should be instead of her discovering who she is by herself. According to Edna there was two ways you could live. Either be defined by men or live separately away from society all together. To all of the

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