Awakening by Kate Chopin Essay

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Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, is written to communicate claims regarding society and the role of women during the eighteen hundreds. Chopin uses rhetorical devices such as tone and diction to convey her claim. Chopin’s claim is that their husband and the unwritten rules of society should not control women in the eighteen hundreds. Kate Chopin is using tone to convey Edna and her husband’s opposite views on a women’s role in society in the eighteen hundreds. Edna’s husband has a tone of disbelief. He says, “Out! Exclaimed her husband with genuine consternation in his voice.” He cannot believe that Edna does not care about what her husband thinks. He cannot believe that Edna thinks she can just go out for no reason instead of staying home, and performing her womanly duties. According to the unwritten rules of society in the eighteen hundreds, women, and/or wives are supposed to stay home and take care of the family. If they needed anything, they would send a servant or tell their husband. Husbands were supposed to have complete control over their wives, even though one could tell Edna’s husband has no control over Edna. Kate Chopin uses diction to convey how Edna does not want to be just another woman. Edna does not want to end up a slave to her husband’s will and every demand. Edna does not want to follow the unwritten rules on society in the eighteen hundreds. The unwritten rules of society in the eighteen hundreds say that women, and/or wives are supposed to stay home and take care of the family. In the eighteen hundreds wives are supposed to care, and respect their husbands opinion. Edna says, “ No, I left no excuse. I told Joe to say I was out, and that was all.” Through the diction, we can tell Edna does not care, nor respect her husband’s opinion at all. Edna purposefully goes out of her way to make sure that she does not respect his opinion. Edna knows that

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