Initially, Edna is characterized as independent as she is following the Victorian orders for women which was to move aside her personality and care for her children and husband. At this point Edna has realized that her husband is weighing her down and she tries to find herself by separating herself from her family and home. She finds that she loves Robert after her “awakening” whilst he seems to acknowledge that he is trespassing a line between what he thinks is right and leaves Edna alone to face her awakening. Another theme represented in the book has to do with class and society. Was Edna going on a suicide swim or was it an accident due to the way society has made her believe things should be during this specific era and considering that Leonce was a well known man who traveled immensely and solely depended on Edna to fill her role while he was
In As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, the conflicting attitudes Cora Tull and Addie Bundren hold towards language and action determine their views on motherhood, marriage, and religion and how they choose to live their lives accordingly. Cora welcomes her role as mother, believes her duty is to her husband, and relies on the intensity of her faith. On the other hand, Addie despises being a mother, thinks love is meaningless, and concludes religion is solely a matter of words. But Faulkner uses his characters to show that neither language nor action is stronger than the other or mutually exclusive.
As for her and her sister’s relationship, Esperanza must assume responsibility as the big sister and takes care of Nenny. Esperanza laments her role as the protector of Nenny but she accepts her role. Esperanza states, “you don't pick your sisters, you just get them and sometimes they come like Nenny” (8). Esperanza uses a little humor to mask her true feelings and desires; however, Esperanza feels displaced in her own family and in hopes to stop being displaced she desires a friend, to be more specific, a best friend that she can tell secrets to or understand her jokes without any explanation. This feeling of displacement leads her to compare herself to a red balloon that is “tied to an anchor” (9)
She felt as if “every step she took toward relieving herself from obligations added to her strength and expansion as an individual.” This acquired sense of confidence Edna receives briefly leaves her when she comes to realise something about motherhood during the process of Madame Ratignolle’s, her character foil’s, childbirth: that there is a unity between mother and child that she cannot escape. She acknowledges that her small instinct of motherhood prevents her from living a life without her child, but is very much unwilling to regress back to just being “Raoul and Etienne’s mother” and “Leonce’s wife;” to do so would be to give up herself, something she swore she would never do. To defy this, Edna returned to the supple touch of the sea to be
Edna even says herself, “I would give up the unessential…my money…my life for my children, but not myself.” For her life, Edna realized that means her marriage and physical life. As far as her marriage, Edna was never truly happy with her marriage with Leonce. Furthermore, Edna states she truly cares for her children, but sometimes her search for herself may conflict with this. This then further discourages readers even more due to the fact that this gives insight to her actions, and somewhat justifies them.
Pontellier’s wishes, causing her to be in her unhappiest state of mind. She is still surrendering to the mother woman responsibilities that she feels society is forcing upon her. Edna must continue to care for her kids, be polite to her husband, stay in the house on the days that people can come to visit her, and make sure their family reflects well on the image of her husband. During this time we learn of Edna’s unhappiness and that she feels caged in by the rules of marriage in the world that she lives in. Edna views her marriage as a jail she cannot escape.
Abigail is a prime example on how love can get out of hand very quickly. Abigail is so caught up in John Proctor to the point she tries to ruin his life because he will not take her back. John Proctor acknowledges their time together but assures her it will not happen again. This theme can also be a tribute to teen culture not knowing the difference between love and lust. It seems Abigail does not love John per say, but instead lusts him.
If he were to say, ‘Here, Robert, take her and be happy; she is yours,’ I should laugh at the both of you” (108). Throughout the story Edna’s feelings for Robert grow stronger and deeper, so that by the end of the novel she simply longs to be with him. Yet parallel to that growth Edna has discovered her self and developed her own identity. The idea of a transfer of ownership of her person from one man to another is abhorrent to her, so much so that it would cause her to abandon her dream of being with Robert. Though she wants that very much, she is unwilling to lose her own identity in the process as she did when she was with Mr. Pontellier.
This novel, The Awakening, is about a woman named Edna Pontellier learns to think of herself as an independent human being. Also, Edna Pontellier refuses to obey against the social norms by leaving her husband Leónce Pontellier and having an affair with Robert Lebrun. Kate Chopin describes societal expectations and the battle of fitting the mold of motherhood in the Awakening by how Edna Pontellier and Adele Ratignolle contribute to their family in different ways. Edna Pontellier’s attitude toward motherhood is that she is not a perfect mother-women. Adele Ratignolle’s attitude toward motherhood is that she is a perfect mother-women.
Janie was held back on a lot of her life just because she was trying to live her life for someone else, and she made a decision that her grandmother wanted her to do. She married a man that her grandmother introduces her to, not by choice, her grandmother thought that was the best bet for her. Janie first husband
For example, when Remy and Dexter ended their relationship over her lies, Remy’s friend, Lisa tells her that she made a mistake and she noticed Remy was starting to fall in love with him . “Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone 's bad qualities because they somehow complete you” (Dessen,248). Lisa tries to explain to Remy that love is important and necessary for people. It’s about having someone to be there for someone else through everything.
Abigail Adams would write to her husband, John Adams, during the debate of the Declaration of Independence. She wrote that this is a chance to give women rights, like owning property. While giving her husband advice through letters, she lived the stereotypical life of women. Adams would stay in Braintree tending to the farm and taking care of the children, far away from her husband while he took care of politics. John Adams would be safe from battles, while a few would break out near their farm.
Although the way she was acting was not considered proper, and was not the behavior expected from the newly, grieving widow. She stated, “I will live for myself,” which leads us to believe that until then she lived for her husband (Chopin 2). The “Story of an Hour” depicts the role of a woman as a servant to their husband. As if, they only lived, breathed, and functioned because of their husbands and their role as a wife. The readers can infer that Louise’s death comes from the exhaustion and devastation of thinking that she had gained her freedom and no longer had to strive to be a perfect woman that has to abide by society’s standards.