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Awakening to Freedom - Awakening to Freedom Awakening or to awake means “to wake up; to be or make alert or watchful” (Webster 23). This is what Edna Pontellier experienced in The Awakening. There has been some discussion over the appropriateness of the ending to this story. Was it appropriate for Edna to commit suicide. Yes, this story of Edna Pontellier, including the ending, is appropriate to what a woman probably would have felt like if she were in that time feeling what Edna was feeling. Edna committed suicide because there was no other way out....   [tags: essays papers]
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The True Awakening - The women of the late nineteenth century were much different than those of today. It's almost unbelievable to see the emphasis put on being "Ladylike." However Edna Pontellier attempts to break away from tradition, and is met with, and overcomes many obstacles in a quest to achieve independence from society. Edna Pontellier and her husband Leonce live the pinnacle life of a late nineteenth century couple. However in Edna's eyes swimming in a nearly full length dress, or having dinner parties that must be followed with strict rules, is not what she wants to do....   [tags: American Literature] 431 words
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The Awakening 3 - Make Your Choice&#8230; What is the purpose of life. What are we all reaching for. Many have pondered on this subject and have come to one conclusion &#8211; happiness. However, it is our choice whether to reach this state or not. In Kate Chopin's work, 'The Awakening,'; the main character, Edna, made her choice. She chose to be a slave to the world. She chose to live in the shadow of her husband. She chose to give into her society. It was these choices that kept her from her true passions and dreams, which was to live for herself....   [tags: essays research papers] 960 words
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The Great Awakening and the American Revolution - In the early 1700's spiritual revivalism spread rapidly through the colonies. This led to colonists changing their beliefs on religion. The great awakening was the level to which the revivalism spread through the colonists. Even with this, there was still religious revivalism in the colonies. One major reason for the Great Awakening was that it was not too long before the revolution. The great awakening is reason to believe that William G Mcloughlin's opinion and this shows that there was a cause to the American Revolution....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution] 924 words
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The significance of the title The Awakening - In comparison to other works such as Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn wherein the title succinctly tells what the story shall contain, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening represents a work whose title can only be fully understood after the incorporation of the themes and content into the reader’s mind, which can only be incorporated by reading the novel itself. The title, The Awakening, paints a vague mental picture for the reader at first and does not fully portray what content the novel will possess....   [tags: essays research papers] 542 words
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Essay on The Awakening and A Doll's House - Comparison of The Awakening and A Doll's House       The Awakening, a novel by Kate Chopin, and A Doll's House, a play by Henrik Ibsen, are two works of literature that can be readily compared. Both works take place in the same time period, around the late 1800s. Both works feature a woman protagonist who is seeking a better understanding of herself. Both Edna and Nora, the main characters, display traits of feminism. Both Edna and Nora have an awakening in which she realizes that she has not been living up to her full potential....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Symbolism in Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Symbolism in Kate Chopin's The Awakening Kate Chopin's The Awakening is a literary work full of symbolism. Birds, clothes, houses and other narrative elements are powerful symbols which add meaning to the novel and to the characters. I will analyze the most relevant symbols presented in Chopin's literary work. BIRDS The images related to birds are the major symbolic images in the narrative from the very beginning of the novel: "A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: `Allez vous-en....   [tags: essays research papers] 1886 words
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Women and Society in The Awakening and The Father of Désirée’s Baby - Kate Chopin’s texts The Awakening and “The Father of Désirée’s Baby” explore themes such as the societal conventions placed on women in the late 1800’s and the role of women in the (institution) of marriage. The women of the texts: Edna Pontellier, Chopin’s protagonist in The Awakening and Désirée, Chopin’s protagonist in the “The Father of Désirée’s Baby” both die tragically, due to their inability to upkeep the social values placed upon them. Because both of the women take their own lives at the end of the text, the underlying message Chopin seems to be conveying is one of warning: a warning to those women who have supposedly been inappropriate in marriage by highlighting the consequences;...   [tags: Kate Chopin]
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The Escape of a Modern Housewife in Kate Chopin's The Awakening - The Escape of a Modern Housewife “She could only realize that she herself – her present self – was in some way different from the other self” (Chopin 67). The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a compelling story of a woman who is awakened from the miserable duties of a housewife and mother to a woman who falls in love and finds herself. This story is not to judge a woman for having an affair with her husband, but it is to make the reader fall in love with this woman named Edna and go with her on her journey of finding herself....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism] 1319 words
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The Impact of Edna's Initial Awakening - Examine the ways in which Chopin reveals and develops the impact of Edna’s initial - awakening - in the central section of the novel. Chopin reveals the impact of Edna’s awakening through a number of different mediums and stylistic devices. Firstly, she uses Edna’s character and her interaction with other people to emphasise the initial development of Edna’s character. In the central section of the novel, Chopin implies a change in Edna’s character this is shown through Doctor Mandelet’s observation, “ he observed his hostess attentively from under his shaggy brows, and noted a subtle change which had transformed her from the listless woman he had known into a being who for the moment, seeme...   [tags: English Literature] 1444 words
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awakening - The Awakening In the short story “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin the main character Edna commits suicide as a finale escape from the oppression of the Victorian society she lives in. The reader is prepared for this conclusion to the story because the plot line evolves in only one direction, downward. There are also sufficient clues as to the conclusion woven into the experiences Edna faces. Two of these clues lie in the awakening Edna experiences and the rejection she faces because of this....   [tags: essays research papers] 683 words
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The Awakening: Birds Will Be Birds - Birds Will Be Birds Throughout Chopin's novel, The Awakening, she utilizes symbols to convey a deeper meaning in the story. One common animal, like a bird, or object, like clothing represent so much more than what is just on the surface in the text. The symbolism of birds as women, clothing as freedom, and even art as personal freedom or failure, beautify the novel and give it a deeper meaning. Birds are simple creatures, but they possess a great power, flight. This gift can be expressed or hindered through clipped wings, or cages....   [tags: American Literature] 430 words
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The Awakening and Butterfly Burning - The Awakening and Butterfly Burning The summaries do not add anything to the paper and could (should) have been skipped. Given the thesis of the paper, I would have liked to have seen a discussion of the male / female conflict, and a more detailed discussion of the individual / society conflict. The two women's struggles "to find their own sense of individuality" are, after all, attempts to free themselves from the expectations of their husbands and of the societies in which they live. Such an exploration might have led the writer to some conclusions about the major differences in the two novels....   [tags: Literature Comparison Papers] 3101 words
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The Great Awakening and its Impact on the Religion of the American Colonies - Religion has been around since the discovery of America. Many European immigrants came to America to escape the traditions of the Church of England. The people wanted religious freedom. Most, however, tried to force their religious beliefs on the people who came to settle in their colonies creating a divide. It wasn’t until The Great Awakening, which started in the New England colonies, occurred that people rose up and revolted against the norms of religion and began to worship the way they wanted to....   [tags: american history, european history, religion] 630 words
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Reformers Of The Second Great Awakening - During the Second Great Awakening, a mass revival of American society took place. Reformers of every kind emerged to ameliorate women’s rights, education and religious righteousness. At the forefront of the movement were the temperance reformers who fought for a change in alcoholism, and abolitionist who strived for the downfall of slavery. Temperance reformers were mostly women and religious leaders. Lyman Beecher, a well known preacher and temperance leader during this time, talked about how intemperance was destroying our nation....   [tags: American History, Social Reforms, Slavery] 322 words
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Character Relations In The Awakening - It would be easy to say that Edna Pontellier emulates both Madame Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz, however, throughout the novel, it is evident that Edna steps out beyond this assumption and asserts herself as another person altogether. This is obvious in the defining features of each of the women. Madame Ratignolle, for example, is always represented in a very flamboyant nature and is usually associated with clothes, whereas, Mademoiselle Reisz, in contrast, has no relation to clothes or anything of material nature....   [tags: essays research papers] 506 words
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Restrictions of Society in The Awakening - Edna Pontellier’s Struggle for Freedom in The Awakening by Kate Chopin In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, the constant boundaries and restrictions placed on Edna Pontellier by society will lead to her struggle for freedom and her ultimate suicide. Her husband Leonce Pontellier, the current women of society, and the Grand Isle make it evident that Edna is trapped in a patriarchal society. Despite these people, Edna has a need to be free and she is able to escape from the society that she despises....   [tags: Kate Chopin]
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The Awakening: The Fall of Kate Chopin’s Career - Did you ever wonder what it was like for a woman to live in the 1800’s. Like in any other decade, there were many memorable events that influenced the writers of this era, but for women writers, this era was characterized by feminism and the fight for women’s rights. Writers like Kate Chopin brought most of the feminist issues to the light through books such as hers, The Awakening. Kate Chopin had a difficult childhood, in which she lost most of her family members. When she began writing, she revealed beliefs of movement of leaders about rights of women....   [tags: Biography] 1419 words
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The Awakening by Edna Pontellier - The Awakening by Edna Pontellier The Awakening by Kate Chopin introduces the reader to the life of Edna Pontellier, a woman with an independent nature searching for her true identity in a patriarchal society that expects women to be nothing more than devoted wives and nurturing mothers. The Awakening begins in the vacation spot of Grand Isle. At first we believe that Grand Isle is a utopia, wealthy families relaxing at oceanside, but it is here where Edna first begins to realize her unhappiness....   [tags: Papers] 600 words
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Eckhart Tolle: Awakening to Your Life´s Purpose - Eckhart Tolle was born in Germany on February 16, 1948. Much of his early childhood is described by him as an unhappy time, where he frequently struggled with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and the "pain in the energy field of the country" [1]. By the age of 13, with his parents separated, Eckhart moved to Spain to live with his father. As his father did not insist on mandatory attendance of school, Tolle took the opportunity to self-study at home. During this time, he read through several books written by the German mystic Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken, of which, he says, had a deep impact on him....   [tags: enlightment, A New Earth, The Power of Now]
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Awakening - When Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" was published at the end of the 19th Century, many reviewers took issue with what they perceived to be the author's defiance of Victorian proprieties, but it is this very defiance with which has been responsible for the revival in the interest of the novel today. This factor is borne out by Chopin's own words throughout her Preface -- where she indicates that women were not recipients of equal treatment. (Chopin, Preface ) Edna takes her own life at the book's end, not because of remorse over having committed adultery but because she can no longer struggle against the social conventions which deny her fulfillment as a person and as a woman....   [tags: essays research papers] 2436 words
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awakening - The Awakening - Morality or Self-sacrifice. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, takes one back to an earlier time while still provoking the questions of morality and self-sacrifice that exist today. Edna Pontellier, the protagonist of the story, places herself in the position to be the individual going against society from the beginning of the novel. In the beginning chapters of the novel, Edna’s characteristics and actions worthy of rebuke lead to a breakdown of her moral integrity. These behaviors eventually lead her to become a woman that not only the Creole culture rejects, but civilization in general can no longer accept....   [tags: essays research papers] 692 words
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Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Kate Chopin's work, The Awakening, and Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House, were composed at a time when men dictated women in every part of life. They are both superior examples of literary works greatly ahead of their time. Each work exemplifies the strict social standards placed on women and how they destructively affected the women. They also demonstrate how the women were able to overcome over these social ethics and get towards a life of vaster fulfillment. The characters in The Awakening and A Doll's House were very similar....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Awakening by Kate Chopin - The Awakening by Kate Chopin In “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin, the emotional state of the central character is often shown to the reader through the employment of literary techniques. Characterization helps draw parallels and contrasts between secondary characters and Edna Pontellier. Symbolism is used in order to outline Edna’s progression as a character. At the very beginning of the book, there is constant reference to a caged bird. This can be considered to be a reference to the “caged” life that Edna leads as a wife and mother in the late 19th century....   [tags: Papers] 495 words
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Chopin's The Awakening: O Death Where Is Thy Sting? - As a comment on the resolution to Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, an anonymous figure once stated, “A defeat and a regression, rooted in a self-annihilating instinct, in a romantic incapacity to accommodate to the limits of reality.” The main protagonist of The Awakening, Edna Pontellier, is initially met with joy and excitement with her transition from complacency and dissatisfaction to newfound independence and self-expression. However, as the anonymously declared statement implies, signs that appear throughout the story point towards a sort of self-annihilation to come, which in fact did come in the form of Edna’s implied death....   [tags: Literature]
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Spring Awakening, The Birthday Party, and Entertaining Mister Sloane - Spring Awakening, The Birthday Party, Entertaining Mr. Sloane; despite the fact that Spring Awakening was written a century before The Birthday Party and Entertaining Mister Sloane, and The Birthday Party and Entertaining Mister Sloane were written a decade apart, all three of the plays have common themes underscoring the most sinister predilections of the human experience. Intentions are obscure, hypocrisy is commonplace, and distorted moralism is prevalent throughout all three plays. However, it is the exploitation within each play that resonates strongest within me, reminding me intensely of vampires....   [tags: distorted moralism, hypocrisy, exploitation] 1086 words
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Kate Chopin's novella, The Awakening - Kate Chopin's novella, The Awakening In Kate Chopin's novella, The Awakening, the reader is introduced into a society that is strictly male-dominated where women fill in the stereotypical role of watching the children, cooking, cleaning and keeping up appearances. Writers often highlight the values of a certain society by introducing a character who is alienated from their culture by a trait such as gender, race or creed. In Chopin's Awakening, the reader meets Edna Pontellier, a married woman who attempts to overcome her "fate", to avoid the stereotypical role of a woman in her era, and in doing so she reveals the surrounding society's assumption and moral values about women of Edna's time...   [tags: English Literature] 869 words
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The Awakening by Kate Chopin - The Awakening by Kate Chopin Edna Pontellier is considered a dangerous rebel. Her scandalous behavior has been deemed immoral and unfit by New Orleans society. It is feared that her negative influence will be the downfall of women everywhere unless she is stopped. Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is a terrific read and I am hardly able to put it down!  I am up to chapter XV and many of the characters are developing in very interesting ways.  Edna is unfulfilled as a wife and mother even  though she and her husband are financially well off.  Her husband, Leonce Pontellier, is a good husband and father but he has only been paying attention to his own interests.  At this point he is unaware of th...   [tags: Papers] 3965 words
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Oppression of Women in "The Awakening" - 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 to look at, but when the bird speaks it is very annoying....   [tags: American Literature] 771 words
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Themes of Hope and Failure in The Awakening and The Outcasts of Poker Flat - To Fail or not to Fail The characters of Edna, Mr. Oakhurst, The Innocent, Piney, Mother Shipton, and The Duchess all face different forms of failure in their respective stories, The Awakening and “The Outcasts of Poker Flat”. Each character has a unique response to failure; some bend, while others break. Though at times people fall short of their goals, it is not necessarily the human lot to try and fail; sometimes people make the choice to fail by losing hope, or by viewing death as failure, or by having a negative outlook on life, but it is essentially they themselves who allow the failure- it all stems from the person’s perspective and individual choices....   [tags: Literary Themes, Literary Comparison] 889 words
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The Awakening: Concepts of Morality - The Awakening: Concepts of Morality The novel The Awakening, of which the author is Kate Chopin, drags its readers down into a poor mentality. The reader is shown how morals are scarcely used in common ordinance by Mrs. Pontellier. The reader is thrown from one incident of insubordination in a quarrel with Mr. Pontellier into her neglect for her children and then is heaved into Mrs. Pontellier’s obsessive nature as an adulteress. Any insight into Mrs. Pontellier’s too-free-spirited nature would have one’s insides turn opposite of God’s Will....   [tags: essays research papers] 511 words
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The Awakening - Personality Developments - PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT &#9;The idea that one can understand and comprehend the development of an individual is profound and abstruse, but very few people have actually had success dealing with such a topic. From obstacles such as proper test subjects to the whole stigma of taboo attached in trying to understand the human mind, researchers and psychologists have had success. One of the most notable successes is that of Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychology, as we know it. Freud’s in depth pioneering journey into the minds of people, and how the mind itself develops with the passing of time and events....   [tags: essays research papers] 1935 words
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Scene Analysis - The Awakening - Edna had found her old bathing suit still hanging, faded, upon its accustomed peg. She put it on, leaving her clothing in the bath-house. But when she was there beside the sea, absolutely alone, she cast the unpleasant, pricking garments from her, and for the first time in her life she stood naked in the open air, at the mercy of the sun, the breeze that beat upon her, and the waves that invited her. How strange and awful it seemed to stand naked under the sky. how delicious. She felt like some new-born creature, opening its eyes in a familiar world that it had never known....   [tags: Kate Chopin] 937 words
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Analysis of Black Awakening by Robert L. Allen - “Black Awakening in Capitalist America”, Robert Allen’s critical analysis of the structure of the U.S.’s capitalist system, and his views of the manner in which it exploits and feeds on the cultures, societies, and economies of less influential peoples to satiate its ever growing series of needs and base desires. From a rhetorical analysis perspective, Allen describes and supports the evidence he sees for the theory of neocolonialism, and what he sees as the black people’s place within an imperial society where the power of white influence reigns supreme....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Capitalism ] 1871 words
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The Second Great Awakening - In the 1830's, 1840's, and beyond, There is a Second Great Awakening. The Second Great Awakening had a decided impact on American society. In the following I will describe what the Great Awakening was and how it changed life in America. In essence, the Great Awakening was a religious awakening. It started in the South. Tent camps were set up that revolve around high spirited meetings that would last for days. These camp meetings were highly emotional and multitudes of people were filled with the Spirit of God....   [tags: American History] 542 words
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Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby: Awakening from the American Dream - THE GREAT GATSBY, AWAKENING FROM THE AMERICAN DREAM THE IDEA OF EAST AND WEST AND CLASS DISTINCTION T he first point that Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, “The Great Gatsby” opens with is the definition of the two islands which Nick Carraway utters. West egg, where Nick lives is the place of newly rich people, people who have worked hard and earned their money in a short time. But the thing is they are rich just from the materialistic point of view. They don’t have the traditions and culture of the east eggers but they are not worried about it because they believe spiritual satisfaction would automatically accompany material success....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism] 2604 words
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Breaking the Social Norms: Kate Chopin's The Awakening - In the novella The Awakening by Kate Chopin, the main character Edna Pontellier “becomes profoundly alienated from traditional roles required by family, country, church, or other social institutions and is unable to reconcile the desire for connection with others with the need for self-expression” (Bogard). The novella takes place in the South during the 1800’s when societal views and appearances meant everything. There were numerous rules and expectations that must be upheld by both men and women, and for independent, stubborn, and curious women such as Edna, this made life challenging....   [tags: edna pontellier, the sourthern woman]
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Kate Chopin’s The Awakening - Kate Chopin’s The Awakening Kate Chopin’s The Awakening should be seen as depicting the discontentment that comes from self-gratification rather than the glorification of delighting in one’s fantasies. Chopin describes the central idea of one who is seeking to please her personal needs and desires and, in the process, neglects to notice how her actions affect others. The protagonist, Edna, is not able to find peace or happiness in the accepted daily life that a woman of her era and social status should have....   [tags: Literature Behavior Papers]
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Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Edna’s Struggle and Awakenings Kate Chopin by the means of creations like The Awakening is trying to make the female in society think about her condition and also push the feminism movement. Her depiction of The Awakening is realistic as she develops Edna Pontellier’s character from a socially and morally respectable individual to an individual that turns her back on everything that was certain in her life to become independent. She struggles between her subconscious and conscious thoughts as unusual feelings stir unfounded emotions and senses....   [tags: essays research papers] 1114 words
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The Awakening: Casting Shadows - The Awakening: Casting Shadows Happiness; is it essential or is it a mere unimportant simplistic virtue in life's plans. Does everyone have the right to happiness. It is stated in the Constitution that we as Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. In the novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin the main Character Edna has the “perfect life”. The sweet loving husband, the cute children, enormous amounts of money and an extremely large house. Yet with all of this Edna is partially happy, but is not fulfilled....   [tags: essays research papers] 862 words
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Edna's Escape The Awakening - Edna's Escape The Awakening Edna’s Escape The ending of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is both controversial and thought provoking. Many see Edna Pontellier’s suicide as the final stage of her “awakening”, and the only way that she will ever be able to truly be free. Edna’s suicide, however, is nothing more than her final attempt to escape from her life. Edna Pontellier’s life has become too much for her to handle, and by committing suicide she is simply escaping the oppression she feels from her marriage, the suppression she feels from her children, and the failure of her relationship with Robert....   [tags: essays papers] 917 words
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Music And Ednas Awakening - In Kate Chopin&#8217;s The Awakening, the romantic and lyrical nature of Frederick Chopin&#8217;s Impromptu, as well as its originality, are the vehicle by means of which Edna realizes her love for Robert and her desire to be free and self-determined. Chopin&#8217;s Impromptu arouses "the very passions ... within [Edna&#8217;s] soul"(p.34). The harmony, fluidity, subtle rhythm and poetic beauty of the Romantic composer make Edna loose herself in the music that stirs her emotions....   [tags: essays research papers] 411 words
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Innocence versus Sexual Awakening - Innocence versus Sexual Awakeming The transition from childhood to adulthood is a complex but universal passage. Both Katherine Mansfield's "The Wind Blows" and D.H. Lawrence's The Virgin and the Gipsy embody adolescent angst in their characterization. Matilda and Yvette search for meaning beyond the lives they perceive they are condemned to lead. Both bring about greater understanding of the struggle between a young girl's struggle of innocence versus sexuality. In similar uses of metaphor and imagery the stories tell the tale of social convention, romanticism and sexual awakening....   [tags: The Virgin and the Gipsy Sexuality Essays]
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Kate Chopins The Awakening - Kate Chopin's The Awakening In the story about Edna Pontellier a major theme is her omitted self discovery. In the story we can see how Chopin uses style, tone and content to make the reader understand how it was for a person challenging many of the beliefs of the society at the beginning of the twentieth century. I believe there are many points in the story that can be considered to be very relevant to the time it was written, expressing ideas of the approaching feminist movement and building up an awareness of what was happening to women and the forthcoming feminist movement....   [tags: essays research papers] 949 words
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Great Awakening - The Great Awakening was when religion was sweeping throughout New England with more conversions and church membership. This spiritual awakening took place from 1735 up until 1745. (Brief Outline Notes on the Great Awakening, 1735-45 ) Most of this had taken place within the American Colonies, especially New England.(McCormick, pars. 9) . The Great Awakening had many causes, however the consequences benefitted many. Many people were moving farther and farther away from religion, the Great Awakening was a revitalization that had tried to change that....   [tags: American History] 910 words
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Edna's Awakening - Edna's Awakening Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" is a work of litature like none other I have read. It is not hard to imagine why this major work of Chopin's was banished for decades not long after its initial publication in 1899. Most of society did not like the fact that "The Awakenings" main character, Edna Pontellier, went against the socially acceptable role of women at that time. At that time in history, women did just what they were expected to do. They were expected to be good daughters, good wives, and good mothers....   [tags: essays papers] 880 words
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Lebanese Awakening - Lebanese Awakening Under the Ottoman Empire, the Lebanese enjoyed a social & cultural development phase that was flourishing. The Lebanese Christians kept good ties with the Europeans that would occasionally visit and spread their influence. The Ottoman reform had an impact on every part of the Empire, including a major role in Lebanon. The Muslims recognized the strength and superiority of the western military; therefore they adopted some of the westerners’ methods. The Muslims feared the western domination, but were subject to change for scientific enhancements....   [tags: history] 820 words
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Great Awakening - By the beginning of the 18th century, there was an unmistakable feeling in the American Colonies that its intemperate society had become too comfortable and assertive, and had forgotten its original intentions of religious prosperity. The result was a revitalization of religious piety that swept through the American colonies between the 1730s and the 1770s, a movement known as "The Great Awakening". This revival was part of an evangelical upsurge occurring simultaneously in England, Scotland, Germany, and other inhabitants on the other side of the Atlantic....   [tags: American History] 1439 words
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The Great Awakening was a Key to the American Revolution - The Great Awakening was a major influence on what caused and led up to the American Revolution. The colonies’ newly -formed democratic views and religious mind set were the two main factors of the Great Awakening and the colonies’ unity to start the American Revolution. The Great Awakening prepared colonists for what was to come forty years later. The Great Awakening (1735 - 1765) formed a new government for the colonists in America and beliefs of “natural rights” conquered the minds of a large percentage of the population....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution] 289 words
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Rude Awakening - Rude Awakening The day was over and I lay in my rack wide-awake wishing I were in my own bed at home. As I recalled the events of the day, I began to fully comprehend the magnitude of my decision to join the Navy. I was about to spend my first night in the Navy’s boot camp. I thought of the shower I had experienced earlier. It was my first experience of a mass community shower. The shower was an extra large yellow tiled stall with 12 chrome showerheads. Six on each sidewall evenly spaced apart....   [tags: essays papers] 759 words
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The People, Words and Effects of the Great Awakening - The Great Awakening was an event that occurred in the early 18th century characterized by fervent and enthusiastic worship in a series of revivals that spread throughout the American colonies. This event was noted for the growth of the Christian church and the promotion of traditional Puritan views on the issues of election and salvation. The success of the Great Awakening rests in the pluralistic, ecumenical, and sociological efforts of men from various theological backgrounds, yet espousing a unified message of repentance, forgiveness, and hope for the masses....   [tags: American America History]
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Feminist Protagonists in The Awakening and A Doll's House - The Feminist Protagonists in The Awakening and A Doll's House   The idea of women's liberation is a common theme in both Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. In her analysis of Feminism in Europe Katharine M. Rogers writes, " Thinking of Nora's painful disillusionment, her parting from her children, and the uncertainties of her future independent career, Ibsen called his play 'the tragedy of modern times'" (82). The main characters in each work, Nora Helmer, in A Doll House, and Edna Pontellier, in The Awakening, portray feminist ideas....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Foils to Edna in The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Foils to Edna in The Awakening by Kate Chopin In The Awakening, Chopin sets up two characters main characters and a subsidiary female character to serve as foils to Edna. The main characters are Adele Ratignolle, "the bygone heroine of romance" (888), and Mademoiselle Reisz, the musician who devoted her life to music, rather than a man. Edna falls somewhere in between the two, but distinctly recoils with disgust from the type of life her friend Adele leads: "In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman." Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz, the two important female principle characters, provide the two different identities Edna associates with....   [tags: Papers] 360 words
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Misguided Messages in The Awakening and A Doll's House - Misguided Messages in The Awakening and A Doll's House Just because a novel is considered a classic doesn't mean the Messages it conveys to its readers are correct. Even though both The Awakening by Kate Chopin and A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen are great literary works, some of the ideas embodied in them aren't appropriate. Both works suggest that it is common for husbands to be condescending to their wives; that if a person has enough money, they can have someone else raise their children for them; and that if a marriage gets hard, the couple should just give up on each other....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 718 words
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A Comparison between Madame Bovary and The Awakening - Similarities Between Madame Bovary and The Awakening      Centuries ago, in France, Gustave Flaubert wrote Madame Bovary. In 1899, Kate Chopin wrote The Awakening. The years cannot separate the books, and the definite similarities that the two show. Madame Bovary is the story of a woman who is not content with her life, and searches for ways to get away from the torture she lives everyday. The Awakening, much like Bovary, features a woman who is unhappy with her life, and wishes to find new adventures....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Creole Men of The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Missing Works Cited In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, the Creole men are as diverse and different as Edna. Kate Chopin’s story centers around a woman, unsatisfied with her life in a man dominated society. The three main male characters resemble typical men of that era. Chopin shows the diversity of each of those three characters- Roberts awakening, and the struggle to do the right thing, Alcee and his carefree and unconcerned attitude towards society's expectations, and Mr. Pontiller, a business man, with little time left for wife and family....   [tags: essays research papers] 1987 words
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The Independent Artist in The Awakening and Narcissus and Goldmund - The Independent Artist in The Awakening and Narcissus and Goldmund          One of the great themes of the modern Western literary tradition is that of the artist's independence. Writers throughout history have struggled with this problem in their own lives. Often coming from the upper classes, they may decide to give up a life of relative comfort and financial security in order to explore the wilds of the human spirit through literature. They must choose between financial and emotional satisfaction....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Awakening Vs. Greenleaf - A strong critique by existentialist writers of modern society is the way in which humans live unexamined, meaningless lives with no true concept of what it is to be an unique individuals. In Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening and in Flannery O’Connor’s short story “Greenleaf” the characters Edna and Mrs. May, respectively, begin almost as common, stock characters living unfulfilled lives. They eventually converge, however, upon an elevated life and death filled with new meaning through their struggle with their role as individuals surrounded by other important beings....   [tags: essays research papers] 2129 words
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Essay Comparing The Awakening and Story of an Hour - Comparing The Awakening and Story of an Hour The heroine, Mrs. P, has some carries some characteristics parallel to Louise Mallard in “Hour.” The women of her time are limited by cultural convention. Yet, Mrs. P, (like Louise) begins to experience a new freedom of imagination, a zest for life , in the immediate absence of her husband. She realizes, through interior monologues, that she has been held back, that her station in life cannot and will not afford her the kind of freedom to explore freely and openly the emotions that are as much a part of her as they are not a part of Leonce....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 779 words
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September 11 - Awakening the Spirit of America - September 11: Awakening the Spirit of America   Late in September I found myself talking to Quaker kids: solid citizens all, more hard-working, serious, and responsible than 13-to-16-year-olds ought to be. But pacifists, mostly, and to a person they were worried, even scared. Bush had not yet delivered his "either with us or against us" speech, I think, but the message was abroad: school friends and others had given the teens to understand pretty clearly that criticism of the U.S. amounted to support for the terrorists....   [tags: September 11 Terrorism Essays] 729 words
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The Awakening of Neil in Dead Poet's Society - The Awakening of Neil in Dead Poet's Society Significant experiences are moments in life that create change not only in one's present period of life, but also dramatically alter one's view of the surrounding and forthcoming events. The impacts of such experiences are the opening of new doors in life, the realization of possibilities one would have never imagined sitting right under one's nose and the perception of details one never thought important before. They mostly temper peoples views of events, shedding a different hue of light upon them, revealing multiple possibilities that were once left in shadow....   [tags: Dead Poet's Society Essays] 1055 words
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Learning to Cook: Awakening Queer Tastes - Learning to Cook: Awakening Queer Tastes The initial stages of vegetarian desire are characterized by what may be termed 'epicuriosity' on the part of the food consumer -- an inclination towards food pleasures beyond the meat-centred menus favoured by North Americans -- but often, the transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet is made difficult by the centrality of omnivorism within popular culture. From frozen TV dinners to foie gras, meat's accessibility as a convenient pre-packaged commodity means that animal products are the accepted norm....   [tags: Sexuality Homosexuality Essays]
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The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Awakening, by Kate Chopin - The Yellow Wallpaper and The Awakening were two works written during the Age of Expression. The entire country was going through an era of Reconstruction; politically, socially, culturally and econmically . The Yellow Wallpaper and The Awakening are feminist works aimed at the psychological, social, and cultural injustices during the era. According to Mizruchi, “ Cosmopolitanism aroused dis-ease: depression and disaection were prevalent in a society whose pace and variety seemed relentless. Yet the same circumstances also instilled hope....   [tags: Feminist Literature, Injustice]
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Edna Pontellier Rejects Her Woman/Mother Image in "The Awakening" - A bird view of the historical context of "The Awakening" gives me ample evidence to reinstate the thesis statement: Edna Pontellelier does not reject her children; she neglects only her women/mother image. The novel "The Awakening" was written at the end of the nineteenth century which was fundamentally characterized by change. A wide spectrum of disciplines and structures were facing created tensions between old and new. It was the time of industrialization, urbanization which contributed lots of impetus for socio-politico- and cultural change....   [tags: Kate Chopin ] 1082 words
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One Nation Under God: The Lasting Effects of the Second Great Awakening - There exists a long held belief that the United States of America was founded on the principles and doctrinal views of Protestantism. Modern age Christians have scoured historical documents in an effort to provide evidence for a Judeo-Christian foundation in the nation’s republican framework. Likewise, their opponents have written lengthy dissertations and argued over various media outlets that Christian conclusions are unfounded. Yet despite their endless debate, religion, especially Christianity, has and continues to play a fundamental element of America’s cultural, societal, and political makeup....   [tags: christians, congregationalists and anglicans]
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The Courageous Soul: Self Respect vs Societal Acceptance in The Awakening - In the setting of Kate Chopin's The Awakening, most women have little independence and are expected to be selfless, subservient, child bearing wives. Adèle Ratignolle, the ideal “mother woman” is respected and well loved by society, but she is unable to express herself and is shackled by society's expectations. Mademoiselle Reisz, on the other hand, maintains her independence and freedom to express herself, but at the price of society's acceptance. Throughout her awakening, Edna realizes that in the context of her time, she cannot be respected by society like Adèle Ratignolle, while respecting herself like Mademoiselle Reisz....   [tags: Kate Chopin]
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The Awakening, by Kate Chopin and The Cry of the Children, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Abrams and Greenblatt (2006) explain that during the Victorian Era, women did not have the same rights as men. Women were not granted the right to vote until 1918, and married women were not permitted to own or handle their own property until the passage of the Married Women’s Property Acts (1870 – 1918). Men could divorce unfaithful wives, but wives could only divorce husbands committing adultery if their behavior included cruelty, bigamy, incest, or bestiality. Abrams and Greenblatt (2006) describe how women had limited educational and employment opportunities....   [tags: history, victorian era]
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Strength in Struggle: Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening - Strength in Struggle Many readers see the actions of Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening as those of a feminist martyr. Edna not only defies her husband and commits adultery, but chooses death over life in a society that will not grant her gender equality. Although this reading may fit, it is misguided in that it ignores a basic aspect of Chopin’s work, the force that causes Mrs. Mallard’s happiness in “The Story of an Hour” upon the news of her husbands death, “that blind persistence in which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature” (Chopin 353)....   [tags: feminism, marriage, individuality]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston - In the nineteen thirties, women were raised with a strict criteria for the way they were required to live their lives. Regardless of love, women only strived to marry men who owned great deals of land. In their eyes, the more land their husbands owned, the more stability they were offered. They lived at their husband’s beck and call, and did not openly oppose to their thoughts. Women rarely strayed away from what was socially acceptable, and ignored what the main character, Janie, from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston, could not....   [tags: women's role, social awakening]
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Death By Sea: The Ultimate Liberation - The end to existence, more commonly known as death, is a unique and moving form of liberation. Death has the power to grant freedom from illness, safety from a life of danger, and in the case of Edna Pontellier, refuge from a life of entrapment. In the novel, The Awakening, written by Kate Chopin, the literary work’s main character Edna Pontellier struggles to find her own identity and sense of selfhood. Edna fights to find her place amongst the expectations and traditions of society while herself longing for a life of independence and personal will....   [tags: The Awakening, Kate Chopin, Analysis]
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Conflicting Directions Of Ambitions in Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Often in novels, a character faces conflicting directions of ambitions, desires, and influences. In such a novel, like &#8220;The Awakening,'; the main character, Edna Pontellier, faces these types of conflicting ideas. In a controversial era for women, Edna faces the conflict of living in oppression but desiring freedom. The patriarchal time period has influenced women to live only under the husband&#8217;s thumb but at the same time, break away from such repression. These opposing conflicts illuminated the meaning of &#8220;social awakening'; in the novel....   [tags: essays research papers] 419 words
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High Holy Days, by Jane Shore - In “High Holy Days” by Jane Shore the idea of innocent youth awakening from a slumber for the first time is conveyed at a rate of infinite constancy from beginning to end. At the poem opens the tone of the speaker is childish and picayune. Throughout the eloquent stanzas filled with reminisces of the speaker, the tone becomes passionate and valiant. The writer, Jane Shore, awakens the speaker to her reality as a Jewish woman living in a world that does not condone her religion. As the poem begins it is seemingly unimportant and petty....   [tags: Innocent Youth Awakening] 741 words
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