Kate Chopin’s novella The Awakening is about the young Edna Pontellier and her struggle with fitting into her role as a wife and a mother. During a vacation at La Grand Isle she meets Robert Lebrun, who is the man she later throws her love upon. Her newfound love and her growing desire to be independent from all aspects of society drives her further and further away from her husband and children, and the lengths she is willing to go to for her freedom expands dramatically. Robert Lebrun and Edna both have secret growing feelings for each other that they are unable to fulfill when they start developing, but when Edna has finally separated herself enough from her family to attempt a life with Robert, he is unwilling to follow her dream. All through
The Initiation Theme in Atonement From a jealous girl whose mind is full of unrealistic thoughts to a young nurse who is extremely regretful for what she has done, and finally to an old and famed writer who wants to make atonement for her mistake through writing, Briony, the heroine in Atonement written by Ian McEwan finally achieves self-understanding and learns the essence of life in a long and painful way. As initiation story is the kind of novel which “may be said to show its young protagonist experiencing a significant change of knowledge about the world or himself, or a change of character, or of both, and this change must point or lead him towards an adult world” (Marcus 222), Atonement can be seen as a typical initiation story. In
Edna’s role in the story circles in a wheel like motion. She starts out upset about how her life is living itself and her feeling like a tool only there to fulfill the role of a woman. Next, she gains the strength and power to leave the life she did not believe she was predestined to live, but then she ends up right back where she started, upset and unwilling to continue the way she is. This circle of happenings leaves her floating somewhere out in the ocean, finally at rest. In the same way, Meursault’s life also follows this same circular path, but rather than the sad-happy-sad path that Edna followed, Meursault turned around on a happy-sad-happy wheel.
She decided to spend her entire day drawing and painting as opposed to finding a real job and providing for her children. “Mom devoted herself to her art. She spent all day working on oil paintings, watercolors, charcoal drawings, pen and ink sketches, clay and wire sculptures, silk screens, and wood blocks. She didn 't have any particular style; some of her paintings were what she called primitive, some were impressionistic and abstract, some were realistic. "I don 't want to be pigeonholed," she liked to say.” As a spectator, it seems as if Rose is trying to instill a follow your heart montro to her children at a young age.
A Role Model that Transcends Time Hester Prynne changed dramatically throughout the course of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Scarlet Letter. Initially she was viewed as the antagonist and was a destructive character to those around her. After being confined in her cottage with Pearl, she began to develop a sense of who she needed to become in order to efficiently raise Pearl. Hester’s ability to do what was necessary for her improvement made her into a respectable role model for women to shadow. Hester chose to isolate she and Pearl to create a wave of self-improvement.
“Her mother went scuffling around the house in old bathroom slippers…”( Oates 616). Connie’s mother is an image of the future Connie doesn't want -the life of a domestic housewife. Lastly, you can see that Connie has a love-hate relationship with her other, with whom she identifies, but at the same time she has to distance herself from her mother in order to establish her independence; “Sometimes, over coffee, they were almost friends, but something would come up – some vexation that was like a fly buzzing suddenly around their heads – and their faces went hard with contempt.” ( Oates
Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, portrays the story of young woman named Janie struggling with relationships that become crucial to the way she chooses to identify herself. Janie goes through the constant struggle of being controlled by others and allowing others to dominate her identity rather than her owning herself. When she marries her second husband, Jody, he forces her to wear a handkerchief around her head in public because he declares her to be his property and is scared that her beauty will attract other men. However, when Jody gets ill and dies, Janie is placed into a predicament and finds herself face to face with the pain caused by her relationship. Hurston describes the transition Janie makes from being identified by others to recognizing her self worth.
Regret is a feeling that one gets after doing something wrong or failing to do something. This feeling makes a person reflect on their actions in order to learn, grow and develop into a better, stable person. In Louisa May Alcott 's novel "Little Women”, regret is always followed by anger towards the end of a situation. When Amy March infuriated her sister Josephine, Josephine ignored her until she almost lost her sister and ended up feeling guilty because of her bad temper. Theodore Laurence also acted impulsively when he embarrassed Margaret March because he got irritated from Josephine for not telling him a secret.
The only excitement she gets is whenever Tom visits. She desperately worships Tom, knowing that he is her only chance of getting out of the life she is stuck in. Myrtle let’s Tom boss her around, hit her (37), and blatantly use her sex; eventually her devotion to Tom is what led to her death (137). The only poor woman in the story being used for sex shows that the upper class viewed the women of the lower class as nothing but a cheap date. Through the examples given in The Great Gatsby, it is clear that Fitzgerald portrayed the women in his novel as bored, superficial, and lost to bring to the surface the non-progressiveness of the flapper feminist
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, demonstrates that a lack of freedom leads to a breaking of rules. After living in a world with no freedom with only memories of her life before, Offred begins to get frustrated. Once Offred begins to see that even high ranking people in this society break the rules, she begins to as well. Although, Offred knows breaking the rules is wrong and can have consequences she can not continue to live this way. It began with small rules such as women in the red center communicating and sharing names.