Summary Of ' The Melting Pot Of A Complex Cultural '

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Logan Lollis
Mrs. Amanda Eron
English 2340
17 July 2015
The Identity Crisis
In the melting pot of a complex cultural, Mrs. Edna Pontellier is a married woman to a rich, successful business man. In this society, women are expected to perform household duties, obey their husbands’ commands, and above all else, take care of the children. It is often sought out to marry men of success, as this will secure a financial future. Furthermore, according to The Awakening, it was not uncommon for a man to run off to attend to business while a woman would constantly remain at home. Despite the fact that Edna has had everything provided for her, she is in a state of rebellion against her husband and the social norm of standards. Edna’s personally had even been stated as an “instinctively the dual life- that outward existence which forms, the inward life which questions” (Chopin 572). In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, Mrs. Edna Ponteiller struggles with her identity as a mother, a wife, and as an individual.
Mrs. Pontelliers’ first apparent identity struggle as a mother is displayed early on in the novel. Outright, she often neglects her children due to the fact that she refuses to take up the role as a mother. According to the women, the politically correct views of motherhood of that day would have included women who “idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it [as] a holy privilege” (Chopin 567). Normally speaking, it was considered a basic standard for a mother to
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