“The O’Flaherty household became a matriarchy, run by several confident, independent widows: Chopin’s mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Victoire Charleville” (Larrabee). Because of her influences, she grew to develop habits and views that were ahead of her time and were outside of a woman’s social role. For example, later in her life, Chopin had taken on improper behavior as a woman such as smoking and was aware of information of her husband 's (Oscar Chopin) business, something that was uncommon for women a the time. Oscar developed malaria and died on December 10, 1882, and Chopin inherited and ran Oscar’s business. Chopin never remarried, and was set on the
Women in the 1890s were expected to work at home to keep their husbands comfortable and bear him children. Kate Chopin wrote most of her short stories during this time period. Her stories “A Respectable Woman” and “A Story of an Hour” show a female protagonist who want their freedom and control over their own lives. Her characters pushed the bounds of the roles that society gave them and showed the brutal reality of how women were treated in the 1890s. In “A Respectable Woman” the female protagonist Mrs. Baroda is married and lives on a plantation with her husband, who invites a friend to spend a week or two with them.
In fiction, the narrator controls how the audience connects to and perceives the various characters in a story. A good author can manipulate the narration to connect the audience to certain characters and deepen the reader’s understanding of their conflicts. In “Previous Condition” and “Sonny’s Blues,” James Baldwin illustrates themes of loneliness and isolation in the pursuit of finding a space that feels like home. Although this theme is clear in both stories, Baldwin is able to portray it very differently in each story through the relationship he allows the reader to the characters struggling with these feelings. While “Previous Condition” provides a more intimate relationship to the narrator, “Sonny’s Blues” is able to deliver an additional level of understanding by telling the story through Sonny’s brother, therefore disconnecting the reader in a way that forces him or her to share the characters’ feelings of isolation and confusion.
There are several evident distinguishments between Frederick Douglass’s The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. Douglass’s narrative is an autobiography while Chopin’s novel, on the other hand, is classified by realistic fiction. Both incorporate intricate structural, technical, and rhetorical choices in order to effectively convey a struggle against society. However, attributed to their different literary genres and subjects, they hold significantly more differences concerning how these stylistic aspects affect the portrayal of the story. It is essential to recognize how neither text is superior in terms of the effectiveness of the author’s choices in conveying a message; rather, the methodologies used
Flannery O’Connor does a great job describing the significant differences between Julian and his mother. Flannery O 'Connor is sometimes considered a comical but also serious tale of a grown man named Julian, who lives with mother, who happens to be your typical southern woman. The era unfolds in a couple years after integration begins. Throughout the story, O’Connor impresses us with her derived message in which people often resist to growing away from bigotry towards self-awareness and love for all humankind, which is so necessary for life to converge inequality. O’Connor has a distinctive style of writing that expresses this message through characterization, conflict and literary devices.
Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” seems to explain and analyze how the relationship works in the bondage of marriage. Chopin illustrates that Mrs. Mallard’s emotion towards self assertion is very important for women who live under their husbands’ hands. Not everyone marries to separate. Some get freedom after marriage by simply taking divorce. In India, women fast for the safety and longevity of their husbands.
As the book travels on Edna defines this role less and less, as well providing several thoughts formally against it. Other characters in the Awakening such as Mademoiselle Reiz, also do not stand well as perfect examples of how 1800th century women were supposed to behave. Adele was written by Chopin as a friend, alone, in concept that she would provide readers with the standard for American women during this era. Adele loves her life and “She is what all women in her society should be like; she puts her husband and children first, centering her life around her family and her domestic duties(Miller).” Adele is also perceived as woman of self-sacrifice showing almost no interest in her own ambitions, or her own cares. This sets the stage for Adele as “the 'ideal mother'[which] was a woman who basically forsook all notions of self and desire…[and] would've had almost no life outside of her children (Breazeale, Liz).” This an important concept for the reader to know for them to gain an understanding of how women were meant to act in the setting of the Awakening and that they were expected “to be women that idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels (Chopin 4).” By providing a character like Adele who is such
The lives and times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis and Julia Dent Grant. Powerful and sometimes heart tugging accounts based on their letters, speeches and journal entries. These women were ahead of their time. A time when women were supposed to only act as wife, mother and manger of the household. These women all were married to powerful men and handled marriage in different ways, while struggling internally with the abolition question and women 's rights.
During the nineteenth century, possessions, including women, and the home represented status, wealth, and power that only men possessed. In The Awakening, the protagonist, Edna Pontellier, becomes highly conscious of herself as an individual who has the potential to be self-sufficient and do as she desires. She begins to defy the standards of woman during the nineteenth century through iconoclastic beliefs that eventually lead Edna to participating in an affair and leaving her husband, Leonce. In The Awakening, Kate Chopin uses the motif of the home to highlight Edna’s responsibilities as a mother and wife and to also track the progression and evolution of Edna’s state of freedom. Mr. Pontellier takes great pride in his household possessions, including Edna, so as his wife, she is obligated to perform her duties that are expected of her, which limits her free-will.
In conclusion, Greenblatt states that culture is defined as a collection of infinite guidelines and regulations that people within a society follow. These guidelines and regulations are, however, inconsequential without cultural boundaries and limitations. In The Awakening Kate Chopin conveys how the novel strikes in opposition to society’s standards through the characters of Edna Pontellier and Robert Lebrun.