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The Awakening, by Kate Chopin - In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, a woman's entrapment within a patriarchal society reveals to her the bonds of having to live up the society's standards which further demonstrates the corruption and skewed perspectives of the post-Victorian era. In the novella, Edna Pontellier's, a wife of a rich Creole businessman, sexual and spiritual desires surface themselves which distinguishes a separation between her pursuit of happiness and her responsibilities as a mother and wife. As an oppressed character, she does anything in her power to achieve freedom, no matter how sinful the acts to getting there may be....   [tags: Kate Chopin, Analysis] 997 words
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The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Among many poignant lines, Robert Frost stated that “freedom lies in being bold.” Tess Durbeyfield and Edna Pontellier are testaments to the veracity of this quote as both find their independence by boldly exceeding the norm. Their stories were fashioned during a period of great change and both characters are hallmarks of the hope and power women were unearthing at the time. The Awakening by Kate Chopin and Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy are novels concerned with the transformation of women’s roles in society....   [tags: edna vs tess, thomas hardy]
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Great Awakening vs Enlightenment - Both the Great Awakening and the Enlightenment had significant impacts on society in the 1700s and even had long-term effects that can be recognized today. The Great Awakening was a religious revival which emphasized every person’s potential to break away from their past and begin anew in their relationship with God. It was considered the first great American revival, and was the result of concerns about declining piety and growing secularism. The Enlightenment, conversely, focused on human rationality and science as methods of making decisions and coming to conclusions....   [tags: Types of Revival] 787 words
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The Awakening, by Kate Chopin - In Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening, Edna Pontellier abandons the responsibility of her children with the realization that she cannot be a good mother for them in a restricted and unfulfilled position. Her feelings suggest that the capricious nature of children cause them to dehumanize their mothers, ultimately turning the role of a mother-woman into one with no freedom; it is a suppressing relationship Edna will not allow herself to be a part of. Edna’s decision to leave her family reveals that she must pursue a path of freedom in contrast to a life where she lives to fulfill only the needs of others....   [tags: Book Summary]
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The Awakening by Kate Chopin - A theme in which plays an important part in the novel, The Awakening, is that choices have inevitable consequences. This is connected with Realism because a big belief in Realism is; ethical choices are often the subject, character is more important than action and plot. In multiple cases in this novel, the reader sees the type of choices the characters make and the effects and outcomes that follow after them. Also in some ways, people change their personality and their change in character adds a part in their future....   [tags: realism, choices, consequences]
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Awakening the Woman Inside - In the late 1800s, a crusade began that campaigned for the rights of women across America: the Feminist Movement. Using this movement as inspiration, Kate Chopin bewitches her primarily female readers with a writing style that emphasizes the importance of emotion and encourages the independence of women in a world dominated by men. In her novel, The Awakening, Chopin flawlessly illustrates the radical yet alluring character transformation of her protagonist, Edna Pontellier, as she struggles to surmount marital and societal conflict in the hopes of being reborn....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Kate Chopin’s The Awakening - Feminism first emerged in the middle of the eighteenth century; at this point they were mainly focused on gaining the right to vote. By 1910, the suffrage movement as it was called was gaining nationwide notoriety and by 1919 had given women the right to vote. However even at the height of the suffrage movement, women’s rights were scarce. Women were denied a large amount of jobs, and the few they could have were both exploitative and discriminatory towards them. In addition to this, women were given few choices for marriage many times it was for status, and for women at this point it was also for their whole life....   [tags: Feminism, Symbolism, CHange]
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What was Edna's Awakening? - The roles we fill in society are what define us as a person. Many times, we do not choose our own place, but we still are obligated to fill it. Some societies have limited roles, especially for minorities such as blacks, women, and so on. However, in a society with an endless number of options, where people are free to be anything they want to be, how is it that one-woman still feels lost. Kate Chopin's book, The Awakening, tells the story of just that. A woman named Edna Pontellier is 28 years old living in New Orleans at the end of the 19th century....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Kate Chopin] 1707 words
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Kate Chopin's The Awakening - In Kate Chopin, “The Awakening”, longing for passion and freedom Edna Pontellier leaves the safety of her gilded cage, only to find that death is her only salvation. In the 1800’s the main role in society for a female was to be a wife and mother, women at this time were the property of their husbands and had little say in anything. Which for Edna was the opposite of what she wanted, she wanted to be free from these responsibilities and to live her own life. Although Edna is not a victim in the role society has chosen for her, she freely walked into her gilded cage and into the role of wife to Leonce Pontellier and mother to their children....   [tags: Edna, character analysis] 1191 words
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The Second Great Awakening - ... While a portion of the church got situated in Kirtland by building establishments and evangelizing to others, another segment of the church relocated to Missouri. Although the Mormon Church relocated to Ohio, Missouri was their ultimate goal. This goal went back to a prophecy that was included in the Book of Mormon. Oliver Cowdery, one of the original church organizers, went before the other members to convert Native Americans and to locate a spot for New Jerusalem. Cowdery was only marginally successful however, because he had not obtained permission to do so....   [tags: religious movements, mormonism, History] 1961 words
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The Life of Kate Chopin Compared to the Life of Edna Potilier - The events of Kate Chopin's life strongly influence the feminist traits of Edna Pontilier, the main character in her novel The Awakening. Kate Chopin is known for her literary works that exemplify culture in New Orleans, Louisiana, and of women's struggles for freedom. Pontilier also demonstrates a woman's struggle in the 1800's and their search for a better and more independent future. The lives of Kate Chopin and Edna Pontilier are similar in their feminist views and strong urge for a free and independent life....   [tags: The Awakening] 733 words
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Edna Pontellier’s Broken Wings in Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Broken Wings in The Awakening Between the caged parrot with a huge cage “outside the door” that repeated “Get away. Get away. Damnation!” and Mr. Pontellier ‘s rebuke to his wife that she was “burnt beyond recognition,” and the description of him looking at his wife as “a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage.” the antenna went up. There is not a welcoming beckon in the very beginning and we are alerted to the dysfunction of a marriage all with a page or two....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays] 477 words
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Spring Awakening - “Ignorance and innocence are not always synonymous” (Ziegler 5) is the moral of Frank Wedekind’s play, Frühlings Erwachen, which was first performed in 1906. Wedekind employs satire to warn against the dangers of lack of education for the youth of the play. Spring Awakening, as it is known to English audiences, tells the story of three teenagers, who are being awakened to their sexual desires. However, they are entirely unprepared to deal with these desires. Thus, “the awakening leads to death” (Boa, Spring Awakening 27) in the case of two of the characters and leads the third character to become “imprisoned as a moral degenerate.” (Ziegler 5) In 2007, Spring Awakening: A New Musical, based...   [tags: Frank Wedekind, Frühlings Erwachen]
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Second Great Awakening in the United States - ... Many others felt that alcohol prevented consumers from being civilized members of society. The American Temperance Union was formed to fight against the spread of alcohol. The temperance movement thrived in the North rather than the South because of the different economies. The Southern economy was based on agriculture, which required slaves while the Northern economy was market based. Groups, such as the Daughters of Temperance, formed by the thousands under the American Society for the Promotion of Temperance....   [tags: Alcohol, Morality, Slavery] 670 words
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Edna Pontellier's Awakening - Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening has been both criticized and praised since its time of publication in 1899. Its scandalous nature shocked the sophisticates of the time for its frank treatment of a sin so egregious as adultery; its lack of moral repercussions for the protagonist, Edna Pontellier, led many to believe that Chopin excused, if not condoned, the act. Because of this, the novel didn’t get the recognition and analysis it deserved until well after its publication. What seems like a simple story is truly much deeper; Chopin’s use of symbolism creates a much richer narrative that lends itself to much more personal reflection and thought on the part of the reader....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Symbol and Irony in The Awakening by Kate Chopin - ... “"Well, send him about his business when he bores you, Edna," instructed her husband as he prepared to leave.” (Chopin 1). Another example of irony is when Leonce comes back from his night of enjoyment and tries to wake Enda up to be his audience. Leonce gets annoyed when she does not give him her attention and here the voice of the story refers to Edna as him “sole object of his existence”. “He thought it very discouraging that his wife, who was the sole object of his existence, evinced so little interest in things which concerned him, and valued so little his conversation.” (Chopin 1)This is ironic because in a way, Leonce has a double standard of the roles of his wife Edna in the marr...   [tags: sexual aspirations, social rules] 761 words
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Edna's Freedom in The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Freedom means to be able to do what one desires to do without being restricted from doing that action. In Kate Chopin’s book The Awakening, she displays how the protagonist, Edna, escapes from her relationship and society .She feels cornered by society and she is not satisfied with her relationship. Mr.Pontellier Edna’s husband does not treat her with respect, but as if she is a child. Edna is trying to get out of the relationship because she wants to be treated equally (Chopin). During the 1800s, oppression of women was beginning to happen more frequently with women not taking anymore of the unfair rights and actions toward women....   [tags: relationships, protagonist, suffrage]
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Nontraditional Charcters in The Awakening by Kate Chopin - ... 8) The only reason Mrs. Pontillier stays with her husband for so long is because of her children. Although the Pontillier children are not major characters they help demonstrate her true commitment. Edna would rather die than let her children think their mother left them to be with another man. “She thought of Leonce and the children. They were a part of her life. But they need not have thought that they could possess her, body and soul.” (pg. 190) Although Edna was not willing to change herself for her children she was willing to die for them and their happiness....   [tags: narcissistic, sexuality, independent]
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Edna's Transformation in The Awakening by Kate Chopin - ... She could not work on such a day, nor weave fancies to stir her pulses and warm her blood.” (97). She recognizes the pointlessness of the life she is living, she realizes that without change, her life has no direction. If she continued with her uneventful existence, she would never experience anything she wants to experience. Her pessimistic view of her world is one of the key reasons that she undergoes her transformation; she was thirsting for an adventure so that she could leave her life behind....   [tags: stereotypes, freedom, society] 688 words
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Exploring Freedom in The Awakening by Kate Chopin - Kate Chopin, in The Awakening, poses an important question: can freedom exist in a society that advocates and supports confinement through the means of reputation, decency, and other social factors. The various characters in the novel make up three levels of awareness of freedom—ignorance, enlightenment, and pursuit. Kate Chopin uses these types of awareness to show that true freedom can never be obtained. The majority of the characters in The Awakening are completely unaware of the freedom that Kate Chopin writes about....   [tags: ignorance, enlightenment, pursuit]
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The Impossibility of Female Desire in Pygmalion and The Awakening - In “The Power of Discourse and the Subordination of the Feminine,” Luce Irigaray argues that, because society uses a patriarchal language that privileges male-gendered logic over female-gender emotion, there is no adequate language to represent female desire. She writes that “feminine pleasure has to remain inarticulate in language, in its own language, if it is not to threaten the underpinnings of logical operations” and, because of this, “what is most strictly forbidden to women today is that they should attempt to express their own pleasure” (796)....   [tags: Gender Studies]
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Selfhood and Motherhood in The Awakening by Kate Chopin - ... fond of her children in an uneven, impulsive way (Chopin 47) … their absence was a sort of relief, though she did not admit this, even to herself. It seemed to free her of a responsibility which she had blindly assumed and for which Fate had not fitted her (Chopin 48).” As Edna's sense of autonomy and quest for selfhood develops, she emphasizes a desire to return to painting and begins to fully experience human emotion and the ingenuity in creating art: "It moved her with recollections . . ....   [tags: literary analysis, author]
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Gender Confusion in The Great Gatsby & The Awakening - The twentieth century was filled with many advances which brought a variety of changes to the world. However, these rapid advances brought confusion to almost all realms of life; including gender roles, a topic which was previously untouched became a topic of discourse. Many authors of the time chose to weigh in on the colloquy. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, gender role confusion, characteristic of modernist literature, is seen in Nick Carraway and Edna Pontillier as they are the focal points in the exploration of what it means to be a man or a woman, their purpose, place, and behavior in society....   [tags: Kate Chopin, F. Scott Fitzgerald]
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Childhood Experiences in The Awakening by Kate Chopin - In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, her protagonist, Edna Pontellier, a displaced woman of the 19th century lives a life influenced by the men in her society. Edna, a stranger in her own home, has a difficult time accepting traditional roles in society and her role as a mother. People of society in 19th century America, especially in the New Orleans, stigmatized women who felt the need to leave the home and disregard their duties as unacceptable ladies. Evidently Edna is looked down upon for her erratic behavior....   [tags: edna pontellier, sexual awarness]
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Character Shifts in The Awakening by Kate Chopin - ... “A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door...” (Chopin, pg#) There is symbolism behind the caged bird, which refers to Edna’s feelings of imprisonment. The bird symbolize Edna at home, a place she can’t escape from and has to live with under her husband’s “ruling”. There is a saying in Spanish that states “Aunque la jaula sea de oro, no deja de ser prisión.” (“Because even if the cage is made out of gold, it will not stop being a prison.”). Edna may be full of luxuries at her home and his husband might provide a stable life, but she continues to feel trapped inside her home that she does not get to enjoy fully....   [tags: imprisonment, husband, freedom] 654 words
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Individualism In Kate Chopin´s The Awakening - Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is about the slow awakening of Edna Pontellier, a young married woman who pursues her own happiness of individualism and sexual desires in a Victorian society. As a result, Edna tries to makes changes in her life, such as neglecting her duties as a “mother-woman” and moving into her own home. But she soon realizes that nothing can change for the better. Feeling completely hopeless, Edna chose to die as a final escape from the oppression of the Victorian society she lives in....   [tags: victorian society, Edna Pontellier, independence]
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A Spiritual Awakening: A Reflection On Spiritual Films - A Spiritual Awakening: A Reflection On Spiritual Films “What I thought was unreal, now for me... seems in some ways to be more real than what I think to be real... which seems now more to be unreal.” What the Bleep Do We Know, Fred Alan Wolf, Theoretical Physicist Spirituality is often approached either as a dogma with an emphasis on scripture and sacred texts, or as ritual with an emphasis on the legal norms. Certainly, many of the studies on religion have approached it from one of these angles....   [tags: Cinematography, Movies, Religion]
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Understanding the Arab Awakening by Kenneth Pollack - The book “Understanding the Arab Awakening” was written by Kenneth Pollack and his colleagues following the events in the Middle East in order to discuss the causes of the massive uprisings, why the results of revolution varied from country to country and what kind of conclusions they help draw for the international observers in general and the United States in its policy towards the region in particular. With the introduction section of the book being taken as the point of analysis, the following paper supports the argument proposed by Kenneth Pollack that the Arab Spring mainly happened due to social unrest caused by poor economic situation across the entire Middle East which was enabled b...   [tags: Reading Review, Literary Analysis]
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Critical Analysis: Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" - In the novel The Awakening, Kate Chopin (2005) uses deep symbolism to show how the main character, Edna Pontellier, discovers her own independence in the society in which she lived. Edna was a traditional mother and wife seeking freedom and independence throughout her adult life. Chopin portrays Edna as being a rebel against her own life. The story takes place in the 1960s when women were to follow certain rules made by the society they lived in. Chopin also foreshadows the things that occur in Edna’s life through nature and death itself....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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A Womans Awakening - The novel The Awakening by Kate Chopin tells the story of a woman who is married and has an awaking of her true feelings. The situation is very complex and Edna cannot handle the complexity of it. In the end she commits suicide. The novel The Awakening by Edna is described as a woman who is strong and able to persue her dreams. The novel also shows how people should live their lives for themselves instead of other people. Chopin uses characterization and symbolism to develop the meaning of the novel The Awakening....   [tags: essays research papers] 362 words
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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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The Great Awakening was the Escape from the Burdens of Everyday Life - Would you escape the burdens of everyday life, if only for an hour. The Great Awakening made this possible in the 18th century for many men, women, and children. Trends by definition are “to have a general tendency, as events, conditions, etc.” (Dictionary, p.1) “The Great Awakening set many social and economic trends for the 18th century as well as the world today. The Great Awakening was a wave of revivals which historians have termed the Great Awakening. The Great Awakening was a movement that set out to revive the piety of the faithful and to convert nonbelievers....   [tags: revival, movement, spiritual]
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Put Preachers in Jail: The Great Awakening in Connecticut - ... Many students, such as Jonathan Edwards, who studied at Yale University at the time, were expelled and kicked out for being "New Light's". (stamfordhistory.org) The American Colonies were filled with different races and religions, yet religious tolerance was at its lowest. New Lights started to propose ideas of a separate church and state as corruption ensued. Small groups of New Lights who did not preach chose to not pay taxes and were also jailed. The revivalist followers often refused to pay taxes that would go toward funding Anglican Churches, which they did not use or support, as opposed to the Old Lights....   [tags: religious revival, rights] 1674 words
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Evangelizing Methodists in The Second Great Awakening by Sean Wilentz - ... The Awakening proclaim a post-Calvinist theology which all the biggest persuasion implanted the personal sin also God’s grace. Meanwhile, the camp meetings helped so much that it standardize the revival. The southern revivals settled the arrangements of authority some of them declared interest of some evangelicals to race and the bitterness of the slavery.During the 1830, the southern revivals adapted to the slaveholder regime African Americans believed that they had one-third of the membership in evangelical churches which the equality with the whites made the areas in the top southern state of Tennessee home of the antislavery societies....   [tags: christians, inequality, sabbatarian machine] 668 words
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Kate Chopin: Her Life and Its Influences of The Awakening - Kate Chopin, born February 8, 1850, used her life’s experiences to express strong opinions to her 1900s American audience. Although her work was criticized for its honesty and audaciousness, by the late 1900s Chopin’s work was considered as brilliant literature that accurately described women of the late 1800s. The Awakening was Chopin’s most famous work, however it nearly ended her writing career due to the violent backlash she received for writing such a truthful novel about women in a time which they were still considered inferior to men....   [tags: American women authors]
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Edna Pontellier as a Feminist in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening - ... Streater weighs in on Edna’s situation and placement in society in her essay, “Adele Ratignolle: Kate Chopin's Feminist at Home in The Awakening” with the idea that, “Chopin reveals how women are being defined by a male construct of motherhood that not only denies their individual identity, but also continually reinforces a sense of inferiority, for what woman can measure up to the standard of an ‘angel’”. Because Edna is actually interested in exploring her individual identity, she instantly represents the opposite of what her society considers the ideal woman....   [tags: self, suicide, society]
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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 Enlighment and the Great Awakening Influence on the American Revolution - ... Many of the deists began to look at science and reason to divulge God’s laws and purpose. This period of Enlightenment encouraged people to study the world around them, think for themselves instead of what others had to say, as well as ask whether the chaotic appearances of things were masking a sense of order. The Enlightenment changed American government because it allowed for colonists to begin seeing the world around them very differently, analyzing and interpreting it causing many colonists to have their own opinions instead of going with what was expected or normal at the time....   [tags: politics, religion, government, role] 731 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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The Awakening: An Emergence of Women's RIghts in the Late Nineteenth Century - ... Clearly, The Awakening challenges the role of a woman in nineteenth century society. A woman’s purpose is centered on childbirth and child rearing. Women are expected to naturally receive pleasure from motherhood. According to Stone, birthing is a symbol for the rebirth of Edna as an artist. Stone argues that Edna shows progress throughout the novel and becomes more “self-defined,” rather than passive and regressive as argued by many scholars additionally. Birth also becomes a symbol for spiritual rebirth....   [tags: Kate Chopin's novel 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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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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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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T. E. Lawrence's Roles in the Arab Awakening - ... During the year 1916, many French and British officers to assist the Hejaz revolt against the Ottomans, and among the British officers was T. E. Lawrence. However, many historians portray the last as the sole significant figure to serve the allied interests in Arabia, and the one who negotiated the Arab chiefs to bring a sense of unity among them (Friedman, 2011). Nonetheless, the assistance of previous spies and officers, such as Gertrude Bell, who in fact mapped the region, and made it possible for Lawrence to takeover Yanbu and other regions, yet her role was overshadowed by that of Lawrence (Lukitz, 2006)....   [tags: nationalism, revolt, ottoman] 802 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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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and The Awakening by Kate Chopin and - Among the many ways by which novelists communicate their message through literary elements and devices, perhaps one of the most important is through the representation of characters. By developing characters, novelists can express ideas as well as commentaries, and this can be further enriched by providing a foil. Conventionally defined as another character who contrasts with the main character, a foil helps emphasize the attributes of the latter while strengthening the message of the story. The two novels that feature foils discussed in the past 4 years are Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice and Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel The Awakening....   [tags: literary devices, characters] 1252 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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Cultural Constraints on a Woman in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening - ... Although she revels in motherhood, Edna believes that there is an ideal truth greater than motherhood. This truth, according to Dyer, cannot coexist with the social, the moral, or even the biological obligations of motherhood (105). Therefore, Edna's stance is described as the antithesis of the "mother-woman" as she is described as being ". . . fond of her children in an uneven, impulsive way (#1). . . Their absence was a sort of relief, though she did not admit this, even to herself. It seemed to free her of a responsibility which she had blindly assumed and for which Fate had not fitted her" (Chapter 7 (page #1), Chapter 7 (page #2))....   [tags: individualism, children, maternal] 528 words
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Parallels between A Doll’s House and The Awakening - ... Nora is treated like a child by Torvald, but she is accustomed to it and believes he loves her dearly. However, an important component of a successful and true marriage is trust, which is lacking in the Helmers’ marriage. Nora keeps a secret from Torvald while he is reluctant to trust her with money, let alone his reputation (Ibsen 2, 3, 13). When Torvald discovers that Nora has kept a secret from him, he is furious and takes away her right to raise the children without a second thought (Ibsen 83)....   [tags: Nora Helmer, Edna Pontellier]
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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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What It Means To Be A Woman in The Awakening by Kate Chopin - ... She mothers Edna as well as her own children throughout the novel, and always manages to bring her children up during group discussions. “She was always talking about her ‘condition’ Her ‘condition’ was in no way apparent, and now one would have known a thing about it but for her persistence in making it a subject for conversation.” This quote emphasizes how much of her focus is on children, whether they are newborn babies, or little kids. During her visit to Edna’s summer cottage, she brings patterns of baby clothes to sew for both Edna and her, while they discuss other events, even though neither is pregnant, and Edna is content with her children’s wardrobe for the winter....   [tags: creole, independence, freedom] 1252 words
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Women are not only Beautiful, but Equal: The Awakening by Kate Chopin - ... Then he push his thing inside my pussy. When that hurt, I cry. He start to choke me, saying You better shut up and git used to it (Walker, 7). Later, when Celie’s step-father gets her forcefully married, her husband also beats her for no apparent reason. Within The Color Purple, the majority of the men attempt to instill fear within women to state a sense of inequality, that they are the higher sex. “He beat me today cause he say I winked at a boy in church. I may have got somethin in my eye but I didn’t wink....   [tags: sexism, domestic responsibiities] 1300 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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