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    Kate Chopin's novel The Awakening in the opening chapter provides the argument for women's entrapment in roles that society has forced upon them. Chopin was not just trying to write an entertaining story but trying to convey arguments against these social injustices. Women are like these birds trapped in these cages unable to free themselves from these imposed roles by society. Chopin opens her novel with the a parrot in a cage repeating the same phrase over and over. The parrot is pretty

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    oppression of women. As women gained more power through education in society, this led to the start of a more balanced distribution of power. The theme of oppression of women became a common subject for female authors, since the change in attitudes about women was very slow to occur. Virginia Woolf in the extended essay, A Room of One’s Own, theorizes that in order for a woman to be successful “a woman must have money and a room of her own,”(Woolf 4). Woolf uses this thesis to explain why most women throughout

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    The lifestyle of nineteenth century women is portrayed in both The Awakening by Kate Chopin and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. These texts portray the main female character as independent, inspiring individuals who break societal norms which confine them to their marriage and female expectations. However, they also contain characters who fit the stereotypical role of women during this era. This offers a contrast which highlights the rebellion and courage that the protagonists in the stories posses

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    of her views of women in society, Kate Chopin was heavily criticized and ridiculed for her beliefs of women’s rights and her portrayal of defying the expectations of being married and being a mother. Throughout the Awakening, Kate Chopin criticizes different societal expectations such as the concept of motherhood, the oppression of the patriarchy, and the way the individuality of women is portrayed, in order to critique society’s views on the roles of women and to evince that women cannot truly be

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    The role of women has been to get married and have children for many years. It is only within recent years that women have begun to break out of this traditional role; however, the traditional, and arguably sexist, role of women can be seen in most literature, such as The Awakening, by Kate Chopin. Chopin critiques the traditional role of women through the characterization of Madame Ratignolle and Edna Pontellier In The Awakening, Kate Chopin contrasts Madame Ratignolle and Edna Pontellier

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    The Awakening, the setting took place during the Victorian era. This was the time when the roles of Victorian women were expected to be limited to childbearing and a housewife. Their life was suppose to be centered around their husband and their children. They would submit themselves to their husband and was in charge of the domestic duties. So the women’s and men’s role were not viewed with the same status since women’s rights are given to their spouse after marriage. Thus in The Awakening, Edna’s

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    The Awakening of Women’s Rights Women’s rights have evolved from being housewives to obtaining careers, receiving an education, and gaining the right to vote. The feminist movement created all these historic changes for women. This movement was highly controversial and it fought to set up equal rights for women. Women’s groups worked together to win women’s suffrage and later to create the Equal Rights Amendment. The economic boom in 1917 and the early 1960s brought many women into the workplace

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    it than what I thought. I wonder if it’s really a story about the plight of women or the emotional ride of one person. When Chopin says: “...no powerful will bending her in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow creature” (par. 14), I noticed she mentioned both sexes; yet you imply this is indicates her perception of marriage and how "...women are forced to be submissive."

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    In the novel, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, the central character, Edna Pontellier’s awakening arises throughout her family retreat in Grand Isle where she learns to freely express herself and be open in her behavior and communication. Now as an independent individual she objects to social norms by leaving behind her husband Leónce and has an affair with Robert Lebrun. The relationship between Edna and Robert is alive, conversational, flirty, and she enjoys receiving this infatuated attention from

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    Kate Chopin's novel, The Awakening, was widely and harshly criticized at the time of its publication in 1899. Critics felt such outrage over the novel, that many would call it morbid and vulgar. One of the reasons that The Awakening faced such strong moral outcry was because of its depiction of female sexuality and the gender roles of the time. At the turn of the 20th century women were expected to be mothers and wives, not to lead their own lives full desires and dreams. Women of the Victorian era were

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