Edna is the main character in the novel who sacrifices herself in the biggest way possible. She realizes that she cannot face the terms of motherhood and the forced marriage to Leonce Pontellier. Edna wants to be the independent women that she isn’t allowed to be, which the meaning of The Awakening is that people cannot be forced to be in a relationship with a person they don’t truly love. Towards the end of the book after Robert leaves her and as she thinks about her life and the events that have happened that she regretted.
Was this a result of her parents coming from an impoverished background or maybe her mother was also abused and instead of preventing her own child from experiencing the same traumatic event decides to turn a blind eye and instead be oblivious of the abuse occurring in her own home. Her mother picks the man over her own child’s well being and uses it as an excuse. Was her ignorance and lack of education the cause of her actions. Her mother was content with living off welfare and took out all her hatred towards the world on Precious. Precious was forced to eat, clean, and take beatings.
Such as stating that when she turns her ``back=... = she runs off`` that it’s `not like =she= had a girl in the family at all``. Anyhow, it wasn’t until the comments made by her mother, that began to cement what conformity is, and how her individuality is unacceptable, according to the gender roles set in place. When the mother made the comment to her father ``to wait until laird gets a little bigger then =he will= have real help`` hurt the young girl as in her mind it was a part of her individuality to be the help and perform the duties assigned to her
family and from pursuing her own interests. Unhappy with her conditions, Edna rebels against them, however this results in her not being accepted in society. Thus, Edna deliberately sacrifices her freedom in a way which Edna’s value of free nonconformity. The sacrifice goes hand-in-hand with the meaning of the work as a whole that there is no place in society for those who do not conform to its expectations. A misogynistic and sexist time, the Victorian Era envisage and encloses women into a certain image that they are meant to be devoted, subordinate and more-or-less obsessed with their husband and family.
Vivie’s “failure” would be if she were to succumb to these sentimental and romantic feelings and become a totally romantic individual. However, Vivie’s headstrong character will not allow her to lose all of her morals and practicalities, instead, a reasonable “failure” would be for her to realize and keep these sentimental feelings.
Dee tells her mother “I couldn't have it any longer, been named after the people who oppress me. You know as well as me you was named after your aunt dicie.” displaying Dee’s unwillingness to be associated with her family and past. Not being able to accept these two circumstances reveals her betrayal towards her own heritage.
(Angelou 59). Angelou feels as if they were an embarrassment to their mother which meant she had to get rid of them, and that Baxter had other important priorities that were above loving her children. She blames herself for her mother 's abandonment instead of her mother who left them to comfort themselves in their loneliness and in their tears. This plays a role on Angelou’s development, making her mature and fend for herself and her older brother Bailey at such a young age, when it should be her mother’s role to comfort them in their sadness and despair. The lose of a mother 's bond and comfort affects Angelou’s development and self esteem due to her feeling isolated with her emotions and not having a mother to
When magistrates threaten to take away Pearl, Hester pleads for Dimmesdale’s good word to decide her fate as a mother. Hester begs him to “speak thou for [her]!”, for he “wast [her] pastor,” he “hadst charge of [her] soul” (103). Her word is undervalued in comparison to Dimmesdale, to the extent that she cannot win a custody battle over her own daughter. Without the interjection of a man, Hester’s attempts are fruitless, as a woman who holds no power and has no say. Women’s roles are definitive and any deviation from them is dangerous.
It is better to lose a parent through death, than it is through emotional abandonment. Saranell goes through many things as her family leaves their home, including the depravity of her mother 's
Janie holds anger for her grandma because of the grandmother’s decision, but eventually, after she matures, Janie realizes that Nanny was merely doing it
Bell says ' ' “My desires were often made to seem worthless and stupid.” Also, she says , ' ' learned to mistrust and silence them” ( Hooks, 1) in these quotes , Hook 's mother would make her wants “seem worthless and stupid . This is
Connie’s mother wants her to be more like her sister. Connie by not feeling wanted in her family search for love somewhere else. Connie’s mother and busy father is wrong for not loving their daughter how they should because if they did she wouldn’t /t be looking for love somewhere else. I think she wishes her mother was death because her mother doesn’t stop comparing her to her sister.
In this book it seems that suicide was the only thing Edna had control over and she took it. You see Edna struggle with her role as a mother and wife. The constrictions placed on her left her unhappy. You could see that she wasn 't involved with her children but loved them alot and knew that they would be better off without her. Her ideas of freedom and a new and exciting life don 't go as she planned.
It’s my job to know what is and to keep them away from what I know is terrible. I did that” (Morrison 194). Sethe believed the sacrifice of her children was necessary so that they could live unstained lives, and never have to undergo the barbaric experiences of slavery. The love for her children ultimately led to their demise as only her eldest daughter died, her 2 sons ran away because of their fear of her and her youngest daughter was isolated from the rest of the world.