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Conformities of Society
Transcript of Conformities of Society
Mr. Derrig Thesis: The Works A Passage to India The Awakening Society controls, manipulates and judges us. So many issues are created in our own modern society because of judgement.
Not only has society caused deep issues in these novels, but it also reflects off of problems we all face today. The society is the main cause of issues back then and in today's modern society because everyone has a certain perspective that not everyone can fulfill and the failure to do this ultimately leads to judgement. We can see this through many literary pieces of work as well. The pieces of work that I will be discussing today include "A Passage to India" by E.M. Forster and "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin.
Both express an individual's struggle against the conventions of society. This novel is about a character named Aziz who constantly faces the same battle everyday. He lives in a society in which everyone is judged by materialistic ideas that shouldnt even matter such as religion, social status, level of education, etc. This novel is about a character named Edna Pontellier whose every action is judged by society and its rules. She is consistently criticized for not being the perfect Creole woman in a patriarchal society. Eventually, she gives up striving to be perfect and this ultimately leads to her suicide. Society in Today's World Conventions of Society Binary
In order to escape the harsh boundaries of society and its judgement, Aziz therefore, creates a binary within himself. What is a Binary?
A binary is a person who has a divison within himself. This can be described as a two-sided person who expresses one side to society and a different side to himself so he wouldn't endear judgement. Aziz is a perfect example of a binary. He acts a certain way with his fellow Indians and a complete opposite way with the English society. The reason for this inconsistency is because if he doesnt fulfill the role of the "perfect Indian" the society as a whole would treat him in entirely different conditions which would cause him to suffer and develope issues. "But he [Aziz] himself was rooted in society and Islam. He belonged to a tradition, which bound him, and he had brought children into the world, the society of the future. Though he lived so vaguely in this flimsy bungalow, nevertheless he was placed, placed." (157) Quotes " All unfortunate natives are criminals at heart, for the simple reason they live south of the latitude" (67)
"...the Government of India itself also watches – and behind it is that caucus of cranks and cravens, the British Parliament. [Turton] had constantly to remind himself that, in the eyes of the law, Aziz was not yet guilty, and the effort fatigued him" (289.) Outcast An outcast is a person who has been rejected by society or a social group.
This is what Edna Pontellier truly is. Edna Edna truly is an outcast. Everyone in her society expects her to be like all the other women in her community. But Edna is not like the ordinary. Her thinking is different and unique and because of that she suffers inside thinking that she is doing something wrong. Difference Who says being different is bad? Society controls us in a way that we think being different is "weird". We think that if we are not like everyone else, its bad. This is how Edna felt every day of her life. She is forced to live in a society that she doesnt even belong to.
- Falling in love with Robert Lebrun
-Abandons all her concern for her children and husband
-Begins her passion of painting
-Leaves her home Edna's Lead to her Suicide Quotes
"One of these days," she said, "I'm going to pull myself together for a while and think--try to determine what character of a woman I am; for, candidly, I don't know. By all the codes which I am acquainted with, I am a devilishly wicked specimen of the sex. But some way I can't convince myself that I am. I must think about it" (Chopin 154) Quotes "You are burnt beyond recognition," he added, looking at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage (Chopin 54)
"Edna looked straight before her with a self-absorbed expression upon her face. She felt no interest in anything about her. The street, the children, the fruit vender, the flowers growing there under her eyes, were all part and parcel of an alien world which had suddenly become antagonistic" (Chopin 112)