The tale is about a young woman (Edna Pontellier) the protagonist of the story, who struggles to find her identity and her artistic ability. A woman who grew up in a conservative society. She was married to and as Kate Chopin describe in the novel (the perfect man) who’s everybody in love with, and she had two kids. Even with this normal life, it was never good or enough for Edna. She always felt like this is not what she wanted to do with her life.
In the story Patricia Highsmith tells of a mother’s struggle with her more modern children and the more modern society. These conflicts end up destroying not only the family but also both parents, Sharon and Matthew. In the story, the main focus lies on the parents of the three daughters, Sharon and Matthew, who at first seem to be very much alike, but it turns out that this might be untrue. Sharon was raised as a puritan by her mother, who said that she ought to be “Pure in every way” (p. 93 l. 9) and had emphasized the importance of staying a virgin until marriage. Sharon went on to raise her children according to the same ideals, but not with the same success.
She is obligated to stay married to her husband although she feels desperate to get divorce. However, economically and socially, Clara is obligated to her fixed role as a wife because of her motherhood. She express her anguish and distress for this: It bothers me that Eddie had to give me money for the ticket to come home…I don't have money of my own […] I don't know how I'll be able to work and take care of Eddie Jr. Maybe Eddie and I should go back together. "(71) Moreover, during their pregnancy, both Kennedy and Clara suffer loneliness, fear of miscarriage and death. Like Kennedy, Clara turns to writing in her autobiographical play as an outlet of her depressive feelings.
The idea of the desire of freedom but inability to control it, and eventually yield in front of the societal expectations. In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, the main character Edna chose to confront herself and developing her own desire that resembles through her convenient clothing, but her child, the product of the natural motherhood made her struggle with her decision. At the beginning of The Awakening, the elegant clothes that Edna wears illustrates Edna’s distinct from the rest of the mother women through the pressure of societal expectations that placed on her but not yet have the control over her own action completely. As Mrs. Pontellier is crying for her husband’s accusation for not meeting the societal expectation of being a classic mother women, she used her sleeves of the “peignoir” (6) to wipe out the tears. Peignoir often implies to the clothing of wealthy women, but are also simple clothes, which demonstrates Edna’s
All of Mariam’s life she’s been labelled a harami, a illegitimate being but finds herself a new life full of warmth and satisfaction through loving Aziza and Mariam. Contrary to, Mariam’s mother; she did not feel love in her life, so did not find fulfillment. She ended her life by suicide as she felt there was no purpose to live, ‘“I’ll swallow my tongue and die. Don’t leave me. Mariam jo.
Inclusive, she killed Beloved because she wanted both her and her daughter to have freedom, though she will never free her feelings of guilt. Sethe is repeatedly brought back to Sweet Home through recalling her memories, against her desire to forget
When Hester gives birth to Pearl, the first thing Pearl noticed about her mother is the A. It physically tortures Hester to have to look at Pearl everyday, and think about her sin. Together Pearl and the A are constant reminders that she will never escape her past mistake. Furthermore, Pearl and the A are similar because of the lives that they
Sources of Edna’s suicide It is unarguable that during the 19th century women were restricted from freedom and having a mind of their own. Women were always expected to live according to society’s rules. An author, who some may consider a feminist, named Kate Chopin wrote a novel titled The awakening that capture the struggle of women and expectations put on them by society. The novel features a married woman named Edna who is in search of selfhood, independence, empowerment, and freedom but would soon realize that self-happiness would not come easy when you depend on others and your expectations of life. Kate Chopin chose an ambiguous ending for her novel which was Edna committing suicide lead many to create theories as to why she committed
Fight To Hold On Someone once said, “Change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go.” This life lesson quote goes along with the character Sal. She had to go through a lot of difficult changes that happened in her life. She fought to hold on to the good things like stay in Bybanks and keep believing her mother is alive. And she fought to let go of the things she wanted to let go of like the real meaning of them living with Ms. Cadaver.
She was an unwanted child to the family because she was the fifth daughter and the seventh of nine children. With the fera of her daughter also suffereing the pain of dowryless bride, her mother wanted this child to be killed. As a girl child she was almost given up to death, just to free her from the problems of marriage. But she survived that incident and from there it could be seen Jasmine had the capacity to struggle, survive and portray her true self. She was told by an astrologer that she will be a widow at the age of 17.