In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, Edna removes herself from Leonce by purchasing her own house in order to gain independence. This incident shows the idea of not meeting social expectations. Edna, Robert and, Reisz break away from society to become independent and self-sufficient which helps guide them chose their own roles in society. They do not allow society to define them, but go on a journey to discover themselves. Edna buys her new house and brings all her personal possessions along with her, which is different from societal beliefs.
After Rayona and Christine arrive to Ida’s house, Christine leaves Rayona in Ida’s care. Rayona ends up living with and describes how Ida would feel about her departure, “Aunt Ida is a mystery to me. She seems to take everything as it comes, but it’s all a burden. I tell myself she won’t miss me, she won’t care that I left the way I did.” (85). Rayona feels that Ida does not care about her well-being and prefers to not have the responsibility of watching over her.
Therefore, it seems clear that Mrs. Pontellier is defy society by defying her husband. On the other hand, it is quite possible that she is simply asking this question out of curiosity. She does not specifically wish to defy society, instead, she just wants to do what she wants and cannot understand why barriers stand between her and that dream. After discovering that her husband does not listen to his wishes, Mr. Pontellier furiously questions his wife, questioning her motive. To that, Mrs. Pontellier comments, "Nothing.
While away the daughter will have to stay with her Grandma who she doesn’t know well. Not only is her Mom leaving but also her having to leave their new town to stay with Grandma being misinterpreted. The decision making mother make the choice to better the family’s live not to selfishly leave for Costa Rica. However, the daughter misunderstands her intentions causing the
Lomia says this to her son Cape after he begs her to come back and live with he and his father, following it up with a comment on her nightmares of being a widow. Disregarding the state of her husband’s health, she cares only about how she will be regarded when she becomes a widow, and so, the only way to save herself is simply to not come back. This showcases the way Lomia consistently puts herself before others, caring only for her own feelings. Perhaps, she is more afraid of the feelings that will come with losing her husband than she is of her status as widow, therefore avoiding the situation in its entirety seems to be the only viable option. Later, in the same conversation, Lomia admits to Cape that she does not feel things; “I want to, I try to feel things -- I hate it in here, in this -- thick -- pitch -- everything I do, I do to get OUT (Thompson, pg.
Adele’s beliefs that a woman should devote her life to service leads her to advice Edna to “think of the children [and] remember them” (104). Edna selfishly believes that her children are well without her and decides to depart from her societal duties and to seek freedom and independence. Adele unpurposely influences Edna to abandon her life in hope of rebirth. Mademoiselle Reisz and Madame Ratignolle both influence Edna to become a redefined woman. Before Edna’s awakening, Edna believed that her life would never be fulfilled through her marriage to Leonce because of her lack of free will.
“Knowing that she cannot improve herself well by following her family and society imprudently, Esperanza is well aware that she will be unable to manage to have her own home or freedom if she does exactly what others do” (Kalay). Having friends while going through puberty seems essential in a young girl’s life, but Esperanza does not feel affixed to the girls who she spends time with, intensifying her loneliness, which makes finding her own identity even harder. Just like Esperanza wants a “real” house of her own and a true identity, she also wishes for friends that she feels connected with. “Someday I will have a best friend all my own. One I can tell my secrets to.
Edna disagrees with society prohibiting women’s freedom, so she rebels and rejects the judgement of others. When Edna learns of Robert’s planned departure for Mexico she becomes irritable and refuses to socialize with others, although society expects her to do so. Adele fruitlessly attempts to draw Edna back to her place in society. “‘Are you not coming down? Come on, dear; it doesn’t look friendly.’ ‘No,’ said Edna” (Chopin 42).
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. In addition, the search for self-identity is viewed as important in today’s society.
Society Changes People Society can change people positively or negatively. In the novel, Farenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, Mildred is the wife of the main character, Guy Montag. First, we realize that Mildred is self-centered because she only thinks about her own benefits. She does not care about anyone but her fake family. She is so out of control that she doesn’t even take care of her own self at times.
Esperanza means when she says, "I have decided not to grow up tame like the others who lay their necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain” that she will not be similar to her grandmother. She does not need to wait for a husband to marry, she will manage by herself and fight for herself. Furthermore, Esperanza does not want to be like so many girls her age, she wants to be wild and not to imprisoned by her husband. In addition, she has seen lives like Rafaela’s and her grandmother’s and does not want to fall in that trap. She does not want the life that she has seen her whole life and wants to carry herself being that she has seen others’ circumstances.