On the other hand, Madame Ratignolle is the representative of the “mother-woman”, however, Edna Pontellier is unable to identify with and, like in the case of Mademoiselle Reisz, to accept that lifestyle: “Edna felt depressed rather than soothed after leaving them. The little glimpse of domestic harmony which had been offered her, gave her no regret, no
Throughout History, women have long struggled and fought for the same equality, justice, and rights as males in society. Historians have two opposing views of what life was like in Puritan society. One side argues that Puritan society was a golden age for women as they worked alongside their husbands, had an important role in the household. However, opposing historians argue that Puritan women were inferior to men in the society for five main reasons. Women were inferior because they were supposed to be silent company, they only received half the inheritance of their brothers, they were meant to have and take care of the children, they received harsher punishment for their wrongs, and they had to follow strict rules.
Mother and wife are also not her will; she feels restrained and loses her liberty of being that. After she heard the playing from Adele, she feels the solitude and loneliness, it seems same as her position in this era, no one understands her and feels depress toward the people, the family she encountered. On the contrary, she is touched after hearing the pianist Mademoiselle Reisz plays. It is full of power and passion, and Mademoiselle is a woman that she wants to be, independent with alternative performance in this society, she is separated and not the one of them. Edna wants to know more about her and try to be like her, but the most essential element that a independent artist should has is bravery, this is what the pianist told Edna.
Edna is described as a woman who is, “rather handsome than beautiful¨. When it comes to being a mother Edna is not the best mother. As stated, “In short, Mrs.Pontellier was not a mother women”(11). This is said because Edna isn’t one to be with her children all day even if she does love them dearly and she wasn’t one to always be taking care of her husband. She is like this because she didn’t want to follow the social standards and started to rebel.
The ocean reflects Edna’s process of “awakening” and her increasing urge and attempt to break free from these social conventions as she finally begins to understand her individuality. Edna refuses to fulfill her wifely and motherly duties, she becomes aware of her sexuality as she has has multiple partners, and even moves out of her “house on Esplanade Street” in an attempt to be financially independent (131). All these acts, serve as attempts to escape from the eternal role as a mother and housewife. Freedom, for Edna, is the act of disengaging from obligations towards her husband and children, and the release from social order. In a sense, Edna’s death is due to her failure to balance a sense of self and freedom with the demands of life.
Only the husbands could do that, and the women had to be obedient to their husbands. Throughout the Middle Ages, the Renaissance Period, and the Restoration Period, the role of women began to change. This idea was reflected in many of the literary works such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Book of Margery Kempe, Astrophil and Stella, Utopia, The Rape of Lock, and A Modest Proposal. During the Middle Ages, women had few rights. They were meant to serve their husband and children and tend to the household chores.
In Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening, she demonstrates how being restricted to one role because of their gender can, therefore, have major consequences just like how it did to Edna. Women were viewed as nothing more than a maid, when in reality they did so much and were not appreciated. They had to cook, clean, look after the children and much more when they could have been doing bigger and better things. Those who decided to not do what was required of them had to face major consequences such as their children being taken away or being shunned by their community. Women today are finding cures for diseases or running their own businesses, instead of being the one at home yet, they do not get the same praise men do.
Whenever Sister would criticize how the women are treated in her society or how awful it felt to have the uterine regular inside of her, Andrew would brush off the comments as an unimportant, woman’s-only issue. Sister would further try to explain to her husband the oppression herself, and many women, dealt with every day, “but he could not comprehend such petty complaints in the face of greater issues” (Hall 33). This brushing off of feminist and women's issues is similar to how our own patriarchal society disregards women’s issues. This is due to male privilege, a social issue that allows men advantages in life solely based off of their sex, and is prevalent in every aspect of life. In Allan G. Johnson’s article, Patriarchy, The System he states that “manhood and masculinity [are] most closely associated with being human and womanhood and femininity [are] relegated to the marginal position of ‘other’” (74).
She moves in with her lover, continued to live with him disregarding any future consequences. Also, her lover doesn't and can't fathom any sense out of her mother possible disapproval if she eventually knows about it. He calls it irrational. Furthermore, the lady in the second story seems not to be in tune with her culture. She wants something new and different.
Hostility may arise from many factors, but one major factor that caused conflict for Elizabeth was that she was a female ruler with no husband. This led people to think that she was weak and they tried to take advantage of that, but they failed. Elizabeth said, “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king.” She said this because she didn’t need a king to help her rule; just because she was a woman, it didn’t make her any less of a