The Awakening Analysis

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In the Nineteenth-century women faced many challenges; they were expected “to live their lives largely homebound, taking care of the cooking, cleaning, and child rearing.”(4) But in Kate Chopin The Awakening, the main character Edna is conflicted with her urges and what society expects of her. The novel was written to challenge the stereotypical rules that controlled the roles of men and women. The Awakening was published in 1899, and was set in the Creole part of Louisiana, and during this time women were still considered to be the property of their husbands. The woman had no say so in any conversation they could only go with what thier husbands wanted. The Awakening is story that shows the life of Mrs. Edna Pontellier, a woman that is…show more content…
Furthermore at a young age a woman is groomed to become submissive to their husbands,and their responsibilities in a household. Also “women in the nineteenth-century were considered week not only physically but also mentally”(1). Therefore they were expected to carry out domestic rules such as cooking, cleaning, taking care of the children, and being subsive to their husbands. Adele Ratignolle was a simi perfect representation of a nineteenth-century women. She “idolizes her children and worships her husband, centering her life around caring for them and performing her domestic duties.”(8) But most of all she is the ideal Creole wife and also has Creole Manners, which consists of following very strict codes defined by religion. So with the rules being so tough a certain amount of freedom of expression is expected. A Creole lady can talk openly about affairs, pregnancy, and undergarments and all the intimacies of life is excepted. Mrs. Pontellier would spend her summers at the Grand Isle with her children, like she does every year. But this time it was different she had met a man named Robert Lebrun and While she was learning how to swim it gave her a source of independence and she liked it which made her realize that the life she is living is not the one she wants. As her trip progresses and Robert leaves for mexico she comes into contact with another man, but the feelings are not the same. These activities she is doing with these men are frowned upon

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