Kate Chopin’s The Awaking Psychoanalytical Perspec

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Mr. Pontellier had an very high ego in this story from a psychoanalytical perspective. He wouldn’t let nothing stop him from being the gentlemen that he were and a great family man that everybody admired him as. Even though his very own soul mate (his wife) Edna took him through some of the most testing times because she was not a good mother or wife to her family. He still managed to be her husband and play the important father (xix) role of their kids. His wife hated the family life, she wanted to be far away and to live her dreams. So she never played the mother role or wife role that she suppose to have been. It’s like Mr. Pontellier had to take her place and his place. Mr. Pontellier couldn’t do anything to make his wife happy, it discouraged him to see his wife behavior. For instance in one part of the story it says “Mr. Pontellier had been a rather courteous husband so long as he met a certain tacit submissiveness in his wife. But her new and unexpected line of conduct completely bewildered him. It shocked him. Then her absolute disregard for her duties as a wife angered him. When Mr. Pontellier became rude, Edna grew insolent“ (Chopin, 2005, chap.19 para.2) When Mr. Pontellier seemed to speak his mind to her that’s when his wife would get rude and ignore him and tune off of what he was talking about when it came down to him talking about her needing to be a good mom and wife. She would say something like this “"I feel like painting," answered Edna. "Perhaps I shan't always feel like it (Chopin, 2005, chap.19 para.3) Then Mr. Pontellier would act out of his normal character and get very submissive and bold with his wife with a comment such as, “Then in God's name paint! but don't let the family go to the devil. There's Madame Ratignolle; because she keeps up her music, she doesn't let everything else go to chaos. And she's more of a musician than you are a

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