Racism And Identity In Armand's The Awakening

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Chopin is a forward thinking author who wrote for women and minorities. Racism and gender bias are problems that have continued to persist in our society despite activism attempting to rid our world of it. Identity is another problem many people have trouble muddling through.
Chopin tackles relevant issues she witnessed in her lifetime of racism, gender bias, and identity issues utilizing the literary elements of foreshadowing, irony, symbolism, figures of speech, misleading of the reader, imagery, and setting; the literary devices assist in emphasizing the expectations Armand feels he must live up to because of the responsibility of his wealthy, powerful name by exacting a harsh rule on his slaves, commanding absolute supremacy over women, and casting away the wife and child he supposedly
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Armand’s father has won the respect of his peers, but the young Aubigny feels as though he has to prove that he is worthy of his surname. Under the enormous pressure of living up to the high expectations of his family name, he does what he feels is necessary. Dominance is therefore established by proving he is in complete control through the thorough abuse of slaves. The author’s setting of the glum, foreboding plantation gives an image in the mind that is easy to see and indicates a darker future. The plantation owner that inherited all the land from his father whose ruling was lax wants to set himself apart and let people know he is serious. Gaining respect is vital in running a business, so it enables readers to visualize the difficulties and stress and the darkness of the plantation
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