Kate Chopin 's The Awakening And Henrik Ibsen 's A Doll 's House

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The nineteenth century revolutionized the roles of women by allowing them to further their education and contribute to literature. Feminism is seen in many classic literary works in the nineteenth century. The role of female characters has always been questioned in the male dominated world, which took females to serve as inspirations rather than creators. In Kate Chopin 's, The Awakening and Henrik Ibsen 's, A Doll House, the authors use their main characters to show the occurring changes of females in a male dominated society. Edna Pontellier and Nora Helmer explore their desires to find independence and live fully within themselves. The two housewives experience their awakenings similarly through their repressive husbands, their lack of motherliness, and their ultimate decision to leave their families. Although created by different authors, the two stories share many similarities implying feminism that are easily comparable through their sudden awakenings resulting in the independence of the women. They are both married, trapped by society’s rules rather than their own. Each has a distinct relationship with their family, yet their lack of devotion and true compassion towards their families parallel each other. This parallel is seen when both characters ultimately leave their families to start anew. Edna and Nora are both women ahead of their time that symbolize the few women that were capable to triumph over social standards to reach a life of greater fulfillment. The

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