Kate Chopin 's The Awakening

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When The Awakening was published by Kate Chopin, feminist movement was being expended. According to Dobie, the growing strength of the feminist movement has also led to the establishment of women’s studies programs…which question the qualities of femininity and masculinity, and in feminist literary criticism. (Dobie 108) However, the society was still male centered system, and women were considered as subordination of men. The society intentionally worshiped constructed notion, like ‘true womanhood’, to keep hierarchy between man and woman. Motherhood was the fundamental virtue that women should have, and ideal woman was described as being chaste and submissive. Unfortunately, motherhood enforced women to secure their inner desire. The protagonist in the story finds herself having her identity apart from those norms. Despite various attempts to analyze Edna’s sexual desire, her rebellion against social norms has not been focused, which plays significant role in her awakening. Edna Pontellier protests against several norms that American society in late nineteenth century conformed to women. In this regard, this paper suggests norms oppressing Edna. Motherhood and marriage ideology did not allow woman to have individuality, but while resisting against the norms, she figures out her self-esteem. This paper analyzes the discourses which would be deepened by finding some significances of her non-conformity. In second-half nineteenth-century, American middle class women were

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