The Awakening The Process of Edna Pontelliers Awakening The society of Grand isle places many expectations on its women to belong to men and be quash to their children. Edna Pontelliers society, therefore, abounds with "mother-women," who "idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it to a holy perk to efface themselves as individuals" (689). The characters of Adele Ratignolle and mademoiselle Reisz represent what society views as the suitable and unsuitable women figures. Mademoiselle Ratignolle is the ideal Grand isle woman, a home-loving mother and a good wife.
Mademoiselle Reisz is the old, unmarried, childless, musician who devoted her life to music instead of a man. Edna switches between the two identities until she awakens to the fact that she needs to be an individual, just encounters resistance from society. This begins the process of her awakening. Chopin carefully establishes that Edna does not neglect her c...If you desire to get a full essay, order it on our website: Orderessay
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