Sources of Edna’s suicide It is unarguable that during the 19th century women were restricted from freedom and having a mind of their own. Women were always expected to live according to society’s rules. An author, who some may consider a feminist, named Kate Chopin wrote a novel titled The awakening that capture the struggle of women and expectations put on them by society. The novel features a married woman named Edna who is in search of selfhood, independence, empowerment, and freedom but would soon realize that self-happiness would not come easy when you depend on others and your expectations of life.
Kate Chopin creates a contrast between the two characters, one who is a feminist, and other who is a anti-feminist. " In short Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother woman" (pg 51) while on the other hand “Adele Ratignolle is the epitome of a matronly figure" (pg 58). Adele motherly behavior show who the person Edna should strived to become. Because of the openly manner culture of the Creole community, Adele share her true experiences as a role of a mother. “They were women who idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.”
The Help, a novel by Kathryn Stockett, tells the story of a young woman named Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan. She persuades African American maids to help write a book of interviews that will ultimately change the way Southerners see their maids forever. One of the main characters, a black maid named Aibileen, trusts Skeeter first and tells her amazing but dark story. On the other hand, Celia, a white upper middle-class woman, has a mysterious past that shaped her life. This book weaves a beautiful tale with many literary skills, but identity, which defines a person, prevails above all.
The female characters of As I Lay Dying do face hardships, but characters such as Dewey Dell and Cora set themselves up for it, rather than following in Addie’s footsteps. They are controlled by the patriarch-driven society and chose to accept it. Addie however, refuses to conform to this norm and ultimately leads her to not face the hardships the other women
From this, derives a bond with the reader that pushes their understanding of the evil nature of slavery that society deemed appropriate therefore enhancing their understanding of history. While only glossed over in most classroom settings of the twenty-first century, students often neglect the sad but true reality that the backbone of slavery, was the dehumanization of an entire race
and she is deeply affected by all the tragedies in her life. She is a tragic character, who is unable to exist in the world which surrounds her so she makes up a better world in her imagination. The world she wishes to live in. People can sympathize with Blanche because of all the tragedy in her life. Susan Henthorne writes in her essay A Streetcar Named Desire, Death and desire bring Blanche to this low point in her life.
Symbolism and authors style and its effect on the plot In literature, authors will often utilize symbolism in order to develop characters and plot. In The Bluest Eye, the author, Toni Morrison portrays an African American girl named Pecola, who is stricken with longing for a better life. As she muddles through her difficult childhood, her once innocent interpretation of race and beauty are deformed by the beauty standards that dominated the mid-20th century society. She believes that beauty is dependent upon love, and her self-image, in particular, her eyes, plays a big role in the novel. She consistently attributes her struggles and failures to her lack of blue eyes, and believes that by having blue eyes, her struggle will go away.
However, the author, as a black woman, was excluded from this system. Therefore, she showed how she was longing to create a real home for herself and her children. However, the author, by explaining the example of the black woman who had a real home, also asserted that though having a home and a stable family life is valuable, it should be balanced with personal freedom to guarantee a woman’s individuality.
Edna Pontellier was only seen as a “valuable piece of property which [had] suffered some damaged” to her husband Mr. Pontellier (BOOK). One can also see that “The Awakening” also focused on the sexual desires of women, identity, and self-discovery Edna, a character in “The Awakening” experienced her awakening by discovering her identity in her own self. “The Awakening” attempts to tell the story a woman who wants to find herself while lusting. Later, at the end of the story, one discovers that since Edna Pontellier could not fully find her peace, and freedom she ultimately decides to commit suicide. Through this “The Awakening” shows that although women were oppressed, they also had empowerment.
In Tennessee Williams’s play A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche Dubois measures her family’s successes and failures against a standard that she believes reflects the social values of the Old South as practiced at Belle Reve, her lost plantation. She uses her reminiscences and behaviors to construct herself -- to other characters and to the audience -- as a Southern Belle: a representative of a group of highborn women from the antebellum South. As the play unfolds, however, it becomes clear not only that Blanche cannot live up to the Southern Belles code, but also that her ideas of the Old South are as illusory as the other self-deceptions to which she is subject. Confronted by the harsh reality of post-war America, Blanche finds comfort in escapism, traditionalism and illusions represented by the facades behind which she hides her true self.