Awakening & Ramatoulaye

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Topic: Analyze the characterization of and the dilemma faced by Edna pontellier in The Awakening and Ramatoulaye Fall of So Long a Letter. Do these women hae comparable problems? Do you emphathize with these characters? How does each woman's action/resolution to her problem reflect her worldview? In the book The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Edna Pontellier is a woman of the late 1800's who begins to acknowledge her sexual desires, strength and courage. She takes her knew found individuality and begins to act on it, independent of her husband and children. There is a certain role appointed to her by society that she must abide by which is known as a "mother-women". A " mother-women" is a women that is subordinate to her children, belongs to her husband, and does not have any existence of her own. Ms. Pontellier cooperates with societies standards until she realizes that she is losing herself. In the beginning of the novel, Edna exists not as her own person but as a person that society has formed. She loves and is comfortable with her husband Leonce' but is unaware of her own feelings, goals, sexuality and ambitions. The more that Leonce' tries to control his wife the way society recommends, the more Edna rebels due to male domination. The various people Edna meets throughout the novel play various roles in "awakening" her sense of independence, sexuality, passion, and desire. In the conclusion of the novel, Edna realizes that she is trapped and bounded to society and its expectations and she will remain in that position of lost individuality. Since, Edna refuses to sacrifice her individuality she then decides to take her life, which is a symbol of assertion of her own will, to maintain her independence. " I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my

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