Throughout the course of the novel, Edna struggles with her inner thoughts, feelings, and becoming her true self rather than just living the expected lifestyle of a typical upper class housewife. The title, The Awakening, signifies the self-realization of Edna Pontellier and her own personal awakening. Edna’s character undergoes a dramatic lifestyle and spiritual change. She begins the novel as the typical old fashioned housewife that is expected to look and act a certain way. Edna was a respectable housewife who yearns for a social, spiritual, and sexual awakening
The reader experiences this fictional atmosphere which allows for them to understand such literary devices as foreshadowing, imagery, and figurative language at play. The use of sensory descriptors in The Great Gatsby and The Old Man and the Sea act as a catalyst for the authors to convey their intention to their readers through their literature. Both Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald utilize descriptive language which plays to all five senses to engage their readers. When Fitzgerald recounts Gatsby and Daisy’s first kiss, he hits every sense which transports the reader
Housewife In her article "Motherhood/Paradise Lost (Domestic Division)", Terry Martin Hekker, a housewife who had been married to John Hekker, her husband, discusses the drawbacks of housewife as an occupation for women by sharing with the public her experience as a housewife in two different situations and centuries. The article aims to inform other women that depending on housewife as an occupation is really bad for their future. Hekker’s article is a good advice for today’s mothers as it is based on real experience. Hekker explains in her article that housewife is a good occupation, but there must be alternative jobs as it is not a permanent occupation. In her article "Motherhood", which was written in 1977, Hekker tries to illustrate that housewife is unique occupation although this job was considered shameful at time
For the first time, some women had a choice between motherhood and professional career and shockingly some of them choose the latter. “For Kate Chopin, who regarded American culture as stifling, the French school, and particularly Maupassant, opened up the prospect of approaching ‘‘modern topics’’ with new openness.” Sandra M. Gilbert defines “New Woman” as “a woman who choose to be politically, professionally, and emotionally autonomous.” They were not interested in “women’s culture,” writing about typical female topics such as marriage and motherhood. They decided to write about something not even men could write better – about themselves. And with The Awakening we get a female author writing about female issues – Chopin offers us deeper understanding of women’s psyche. Furthermore, Linda Wagner-Martin points out that “to describe the novel as a female bildungsroman (…) is to change definitions for a readership that thought it already knew the story Chopin wanted to tell.” A late 1890s reader would probably expect younger, single Edna, however Chopin alternates those notions – Edna is already a wife and a mother at the beginning of the novel, we assume to know her identity, yet we witness Edna’s spiritual and mental search for
In the bibliography “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai, importance of girl’s education back east is addressed. Malala explains to the reader the horrors and barriers she faced while trying to justify the importance of girls’ education. She uses influential ethos, a tenacious tone, and vigorous pathos to get the reader to perceive that a girl’s education is just as imperative as a boy’s education. Malala wants the reader to know how it is being a girl fighting for girl’s education. With the use of these three rhetorical strategies, she can get the reader to comprehend that every girl has the right to an education.
Their youngsters, who sense loved; some thing is left folks, who're stored disagreeable studies with youth raised with out affection or warmth; and mothers most importantly. For, in relinquishing, a mother feels sturdy and liberal; and in guild she finds the motivation to right incorrect. Women throughout time were compelled to deal with the remonstrances of motherhood at the side of society’s anticipations
Throughout the novel Esther’s journey of self-discovery is one with powerful and evocative imagery showing a perception of life that is not yet tainted by societies prescriptions concerning women. However, to conclude her capricious journey, Plath’s bathos casts Esther’s recovery aside as a failed bildungsroman and Esther as a passive victim of oppression. Her implicit suffering leaves her believing that ‘There ought, I thought, to be a ritual for being born twice -- patched, re-treaded and approved for the road’. Plath’s use of listing implies Esther’s deterioration to be of a cyclical pattern whereby actual progression is made impossible by the threat of recession. This is reinforced through consonance of ‘r’ suggesting that this repetitive cycle never allowed Esther to truly recover.
In the short story, “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, to me the idea and tone reflect that of a mother, who by her own past experiences and suppression of being a woman in her time and tradition, tries to administers guide to her own daughter in a changed world, to subdue her daughters modern ways and current views on society and their culture. The author of this story sets the stage as a sort of “how to” structure for the way women should behave, dress, and their expected duties; or at least the way she feels the daughter in this story should retain such etiquette. Throughout this piece, tradition is emphasized, for instance the mother explaining to her daughter how to make, grow and prepare Caribbean food, most like the old ways in which she was
Self and Others Connected (Carol Gilligan) Book definition/examples: “When girls get disconnected, they rely on others to tell them what they feel, think, and know. Their shock and resistance to disconnection reveals the strength of their connection to childhood. This relational voice is needed in a time of self-help individualism, revealing the importance of Gilligan’s historical contribution to dialogic civility” (Arnett & Arneson, 1999, p. 161). “When a girl comes into a relationship with herself, and recognizes her responsibilities for taking care of herself, the way she is connected with others changes. These changes set boundaries of the moral of conflict girls describe when responsibility for oneself conflicts with her responsibility to others” (Arnett & Arneson, 1999, p. 161).
Walker utilizes this literary device to convey meaning about a transition that a person undergoes in the story. A clear example of this trend is seen when Dee comes back from college in Augusta since it is explicitly noticeable that she has different thoughts about her culture than the ones that she used to have. A short excerpt that highlights this change in mentality is discerned when Dee tells her mom that she “doesn’t understand her heritage” (Walker 321), meaning that even though she used to be ashamed of her family and lifestyle, she seems to have a somewhat better understanding of her culture (epiphany). However, one could argue that Walker’s purpose when using this literary device is not necessarily meant to just highlight the change in the character, but rather to set up the beginning of the climax in the story by pointing out the importance of it by using characterization. In summary, Alice Walker uses direct/indirect characterization to reveal the thoughts and feelings of the characters involved in the story.