Societal Gender Relations In Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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Name Instructor Course Date Women through the Ages The Awakening is a work about the societal gender relations and it brings into focus the negative effects of the society’s expectations on the woman’s growth as an individual separate person. The story is setup in the last part of the Victorian Era, a period which had many concerns with propriety, manners, and morals. The author gives a view of intra-psychic pain experienced by the main character, Edna, due to the societal expectations. The novel has special reference to the Creole culture, the themes of sexual expression, restrictive women’s culture, and “selfishness” or art before domestic duties are highlighted in the story. The impact of the themes’ novelty led to the book being banned. Edna is presented as a stereotype; we are aware of…show more content…
Chopin was motivated by Maupassant who escaped from authority and tradition to look into his life and discover himself. Edna is seen as a deviant from the societal norms in the 1800s culture and partially contributed to the making of the current day woman. Women’s Rights, Femininity, and Motherhood In the 1800s femininity was defined and controlled with severity; the young women faced numerous rules and restrictions as they grew up from one stage to the other. Women could not participate in social functions like voting, hold property, and could also not file for divorce. There were also other intangible social restrictions; women could not expose their bodies to the sun, they were not allowed to be too warm or too cold, women were supposed to desire marriage above all things and tolerate sexual activities. The society considers Edna as a property of her husband and a grand slave to her children. Edna is seen to reject the imposed roles (motherhood and wife) as her love for Robert grows. Her deviation shows change

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