Feminism Leads to Depression

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In modern society, men and women are both well respected and treated equally. Men and women both have a chance to a good education or job opportunity in order to support their family. Women, on the other hand, were to stay at home to take care of the children, clean the house, and cook for their family. In the novel, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Edna Pontellier's unhappiness, greed, and society's expectations throughout her life have led her to commit suicide and this is reinforced in Virginia Woolf's essay, "Professions for Women". Many people feel that by pleasing others they become happy themselves, but what they do not know is that it can lead to unhappiness. Throughout Edna Pontellier's and Virginia Woolf's lives, they always try to make people around them happy without thinking of themselves, which eventually leads them to being unhappy. In The Awakening, after Edna is lectured by her husband, The tears came so fact to Mrs. Pontellier's eyes that the damp sleeves of her [lounging robe] no longer served to dry them... Such experiences as the foregoing were not uncommon in her married life. They seemed never before to have weighed much against the abundance of her husband's kindness and a uniform devotion which had come to be tacit and self-understanding (Chopin 178-179). Edna feels she always thinks of other people's happiness rather than her own. As a result of this, she gets married and has children without knowing the meaning of true love. It is because she never thinks of, nor tries, to please herself that she becomes unhappy of her marriage and children without realizing it. In "Professions for Women", Virginia Wolf comments on a source of unhappiness, "... she was so constituted that she never had a mind or wish of her own, but preferred to sympathize always with the minds and wishes of others" (154). This is the cause of people being unhappy

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