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    In her novel‚ The Awakening‚ Kate Chopin depicts a woman much like herself. In the novel‚ the reader finds Edna Pontellier‚ a young wife and mother who‚ like Chopin‚ struggles with her role in society. The Victorian era woman was expected to fill a domestic role. This role requires them to provide their husbands with a clean home‚ food on the table and to raise their children. They were pieces of property to their husbands‚ who cared more about their wives’ appearance than their feelings. Edna initially

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    The Louisiana setting and the Creole culture of The Awakening play important roles in Edna’s transformation. Throughout The Awakening‚ we see how Edna starts to realize she wants a different life. We see how she transforms from a conservative woman and a woman devoted to her husband to a woman who wants to be alone‚ independent‚ and doesn’t want the bonds of marriage to restrict her life. Edna had modern day thoughts and wanted a modern day lifestyle all those years ago in the 19th century. The

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    Awakenings” The movie “Awakenings” is based on a factual memoir also titled “Awakenings” written by Oliver Sacks‚ MD. The movie tells the story of a neurologist‚ Dr. Sayer hired by a hospital for the chronically ill‚ whom is caring for a group of survivors of an endemic of encephalitis lethargica that broke out in the twenties. These patients have all progressively reduced to a catatonic or vegetative-Parkinsonian state and have been in this semi-conscious state for decades. Dr. Sayer uses

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    rather than create it herself?” Nin supplements a good portion of thematic endurance for which arises in Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening‚” illustrating the prevalent subsidy of individualism over traditional standards. Although such context as individuality spurs itself among the highest motifs of classic literature‚ society’s portrayal of impeding tolerance within “The Awakening‚” reflected by that of Edna and Robert‚ accumulates through the themes of independence‚ identity and the disillusion of affection

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    The Awakening Essay Both of the female protagonist’s from Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Zora Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God experience a similar plight throughout each person’s respective novel. Chopin and Hurston chose specific symbols used within each narrative to represent these characters as they struggle to understand who they are in life. The two most notable symbols contained within The Awakening are the caged birds and the use of the sea. The most prominent of the two is

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    argument is more strongly supported by evidence found in Kate Chopin’s late 19th century novella The Awakening? Most analyses of the protagonist‚ Edna Pontellier‚ explain the newly emerged awareness and struggle against the societal forces that repress her. However‚ they ignore the weaknesses in Edna that prevented her from achieving the personal autonomy that she glimpsed during her periods of "awakening". Kate Chopin chooses to have Edna take a "final swim" as evidence of her absolute defeat as

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    The Awakening by Kate Chopin "She perceived that her will had blazed up‚ stubborn and resistant. She could not at that moment have done other than denied and resisted. She wondered if her husband had ever spoken to her like that before‚ and if she had submitted to his command. Of course she had; she remembered that she had. But she could not realize why or how she should have yielded‚ feeling as she then did." (Chopin‚ 31) In Chapter XI in The Awakening‚ by Kate Chopin‚ Edna was resting outside

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    they are expected to become something they aren’t. The act of being the “perfect” person puts pressure on people even when they don’t want to change. Sometimes going through a certain situation can show who a person really is. In the novel The Awakening written by Kate Chopin she portrays Edna as someone who is trying to break free of the title “the perfect mother-woman”. Kate Chopin uses several literary devices such as‚ symbolism‚ her characters and use of language to show how hard it is for

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    The Awakening Essay There is nothing that Edna Pontellier wants more than to be unbounded and free from society’s expectation of women. In “The Awakening”‚ Kate Chopin clearly exhibits her personal stance on women’s roles through the main character. The characterization of Edna allows her personal passion to alter her personality and make several prominent changes to her lifestyle. To start things off‚ it is unmistakable that Edna was not a conventional woman. Even from early on in the

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    Breaking Free The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a short story representing freedom‚ individuality‚ and separating from the status quo. The main character‚ Edna Pontellier‚ is facing many dilemma’s that allow her to discover who she really is. Edna’s death at the end of the book is portraying her triumph against her world. By dying‚ she is proving she does not need a husband‚ that she will not be known as the mother society is wanting her to be‚ and that she can express her true emotions. Therefore

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