He feels the wives are the ones to take care of the children and that children listen to mothers more. “It seems most commonly to be the mother's influence, though naturally a bad father's would have the same result." (Act 1 Scene 1 line 39. )We meet Nora as carfree and loving. She seems like the doting wife, who loves taking care of her children and her husband.
Her marriage with Leonce Pontellier is one of convenience and well-being for herself and for the children she bore. We learn in the story that Leonce Pontellier is very firm with Edna. He likes things done a certain way and voices his criticism toward Edna if there is any variance from his standards. Leonce wants his wife to be the everyday housewife and she should live to serve her husband and her children. We begin to see in the novel that Leonce’s ideas and beliefs of what Edna should be begins to push her away and she begins to seek companionship elsewhere.
Secondly, towards the end of the novella, the readers see her as an innocent woman due to the way she ‘consoles’ Lennie. This improves our relationship with Curley’s wife because from her good deeds we can relate to this in modern day life as a quality that is looked fondly upon. When we first witness Curley’s wife it is near to the beginning, but momentarily before Steinbeck uses symbolism to indicate her presence. It is significant that she enters towards the start, not long after George and Lennie have been talking about the dream. Also, when she enters ‘the sunlight was cut off’ in her presence; this immediately forms a
Christina Castellanos Mr. Daughdrill English 1A 8 Feb. 2012 Roles Portrayed by Females in The Awakening Roles portrayed by the females in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening are those of wives, mothers, and artists. Most women in the novel are content with their roles in life. However, the main character Edna Pontellier struggles with all of the roles and is never satisfied with any of them. She is not happy with her present role as wife and mother, so she attempts to be an artist by painting. She is satisfied with this for a while then gradually gives it up also.
She was a symbol of hope innocence. As a matter of fact, it is she who saved Tom in a way as well for making her dad buy him from another slave owner. Throughout the novel, all she mostly did was give love to everyone regardless of his or her race. Love is the only thing some one would need because from there, everything will fall into its
Ever since her mother died, she has longed for a maternal touch. Although Rosaleen loves Lily, Rosaleen’s somewhat insensitive, personality prevents her from providing Lily with the kind of compassion that Lily thinks a mother should provide. August, however, can and does provide Lily with what she considers to be “mother’s love” total and complete understanding, firm guidance, and the ability to gently criticize. But August believes in a different kind of motherly love that supplied by the mother of God, the Virgin Mary. For much of the novel, August teaches Lily about the kind of undying, universal, hidden love that exists everywhere in the world but which is actually manufactured by the Virgin Mary.
In the quote “The very first chords which Madamemoiselle Reisz struck at the piano sent a keen tremor down her spine; perhaps it was the first time she was ready, perhaps the first time her being was tempered to take an impress of the abiding truth”. In my opinion Edna has come to the realization of freedom and where she finds happiness in life. The author Kate Chopin also describes Edna Pontellier not as a strong willed or thinking person. For example in the quote “She was like a tottering, stumbling, clutching child, who all of the sudden realizes its power and walks for the first time alone, boldly and with over confidence”. As she swam she seemed to be reaching out for the unlimited or impossible to lose herself in.
As a 1950s woman who the only dream she had was to make her family dreams come true, Rose stands out in the play as the defender and fighter person and the advisory column of the family. Rose has demonstrated that she has the authority to educate their offspring without being dominated by them: Rose: ‘‘Don’t You Give me no backtalk now. You get in there and get them shoes on.’’ (P.95) This is a perfect example when she (Rose) talks to Raynell (Troy's illegitimate child, mothered by Alberta, his lover. August Wilson introduces Raynell to the play as an infant. Her innocent need for care and support convinces Rose to take Troy back into the house) about getting in the house and wear the shoes that Rose told her to wear.
Her mother brags to her Aunt Lindo about how good Jing-Mei is at playing the piano. She wants to show how smart and talented she believes that her daughter is. Jing-Mei purposefully defies that by not investing into the lessons and learning to play properly. After her disastrous performance at the piano recital, the narrator describes the look on Jing-Mei’s mother’s face. “I saw my mother’s face, her stricken face.” This shows the disappointment that her mother felt.
She realizes that no matter how little she depends on others, her children’s lives are the ones that will be affected by society because of her actions. Her children also represent the obligation that she has to them. Unlike her obligation to her husband her children are one that she could never turn from which was the suicidal ending to her life. The sea is also one thing that is a big symbolization to Edna. It symbolizes freedom and escape.