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The Awakening

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Mara Dubnow

on 15 April 2010

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Transcript of The Awakening

The Awakening Women Behind bars... "The mother-women seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle. It was easy to know them, fluttering about with extended, protecting wings when any harm, real or imaginary, threatened their precious brood. They were women who idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels." Chapter 4, pg. 10 The Perfect Wife

Women as Property "My Pontellier looked at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage." Chapter 1, pg. 3 Edna Pontellier On her way to modern America... "It sometimes entered Mr. Pontellier's mind to wonder if his wife were not growing a little unbalanced mentally. He could see plainly that she was not herself. That is, he could not see that she was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we would assume like a garment with which to appear before the world." Chapter 19, pg. 75 "There was something in her attitude, in her whole appearance when she leaned her head against the high-backed chair and spread her arms, which suggested the regal woman, the one who rules, who looks on, who stands alone." Chapter 30, pg. 117-118 "Her husband seemed to her now like a person whom she had married without love as an excuse." Chapter 25, pg. 102 "Conditions would some way adjust themselves, she felt; but whatever came, she had resolved never again to belong to another than herself." Chapter 26, pg. 106 Modern America A Women's Life Unequal Pay In modern day American, women have a completely different experience from women’s lives during the time of The Awakening. Today, it is about choices; women are multi-dimensional. They are expected and encouraged to get an education and work toward a career. Although marriage and family are still the norm, there are other lifestyles a woman can pursue, and the stigma of not getting married at all or not having children, is less each decade. Moreover, divorce is commonplace and although many women still struggle after divorce to find a secure job and lifestyle, it is more possible due to work experience prior to marriage. In The Awakening, Edna had no way out of her role as a wife and mother. Because of societal norms and pressures, she was stuck. Her options were extremely limited by societies’ expectations and rigid lines that could not be crossed. But today, most of her problems would have been surmounted today. There are numerous examples of women who are single their entire lives, and respected for it, or choose the path of motherhood either early or later in life. They can have a career, and have a family without people looking down upon them. And women can even be accepted as a homosexual, who is married or single. Single women adopt children and raise them alone. Clearly had Edna lived today, she would have better options and an easier time finding acceptance for who she was, instead of condemned for what she was not. However, there is still not complete gender equality. Examples like the “glass ceiling” show even in modern day America, some barriers still exist between the sexes.
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