Portrayal of American Women Literature Never Changes Essays

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Portrayal of American Women in literature never changes
Over the last thirty decades, women have come secondary to the male population. American women have since sought to challenge and change this standard. We are tired of the oppression and mistreatment! Slowly but surely, women have strived to take a stand against prejudice and embrace the values of American freedom and equality. Even though women’s rights have progressed, we have yet to be treated as equal to the American male, especially in literature.
While reading The Awakening, I am amazed by the limited roles women had during the late 1800’s. We see the protagonist Edna Pontellier, a mother of two children, who lives in the Victorian age. Her then husband is a businessman that provides for the family. Her main job was the “mother role”. This role includes cleaning the house, cooking, caring for children, but most importantly catering to her husband. Edna’s confidence is seen throughout the book, she becomes tired of being a conformist and changes her lifestyle.
“Even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instructively the dual life that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions” (Chopin, Kate. "Chapter 7." The Awakening. New York: Avon, 1972. N. pag. Print.). Edna in the end kills herself, one may say it was over heartbreak but it's a true sign of her integrity. To me her death was symbolic for the simple…