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Women And Femininty In Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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In chapter XIX, "He could see plainly that she was not herself. That is, he could not see that she was becoming herslf and daily casting aside that fictitous self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world" (Chopin). This quote shows that Edna was finding herself and the people around her did not realize that the reason she was acting funny was because she was becoming herself for the first time in a long time. In chapter XXXIX, "She felt like some new-born creature, opening its eyes in a familiar world that it had never known" (Chopin).This quote shows how Edna feels alive and that there is a whole new world for her to explore. To her, she is opening her eyes for the first time in her life. Women and femininty is a recurring theme in this novel mainly because of the time period it is set in. In chapter XXII, "...has she been associating of late with a circle of…show more content…
In chapter XXXVIII, "She could picture at that moment no greater bliss on earth than posseeion of the beloved one," (Chopin). This quote shows how love can make a person feel like they are on top of the world and nothing can reach them to bring them down. In chapter XXVIII, "There was a dull pang of regret because it was not the kiss of love which had inflamed her, because it was not love which had held this cup of life to her lips," (Chopin). This quote shows that love is not a thing full of bliss, but it is also full of regret. Love can be as real as a person, but it can be fake as a plastic world. Personal reflection focus- could this have ended any other way for Edna Pontellier? Consider your posts throughout the novel on this blog where you discussed charaterization, setting, historical context, and society. Use evidence from the text to support your answer. This may be written in narrative style using 1st person point of view. Text should still be cited
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