Seminar For The Awakening Essay

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Listen to the lyrics of “I’m just a Girl,” by No Doubt. What parallels exist between Edna Pontellier’s experiences within the novel and the speaker within the song?

Edna Pontellier could be classified as one independent women. Edna was married to Mr. Pontellier but truthfully did not care much for him and his constraints. The sixth-ninth lines of the song “I’m just a Girl” sayings “This world is forcing me/ To hold your hand/ ‘Cause I’m just a girl, little ‘ol me”. This parallels to Edna and her relationship with her husband. In the modern world she lives in she is expected to hold his hand and follow his rules for she is just a girl. In The Awakening Edna realizes that is the sociality ...view middle of the document...

The song “I’m Just a Girl” parallels almost perfectly with Edna Pontellier’s life.
“The Awakening was a scandalous book when it arrived from the turn-of-the-century presses, with a heroine who found her husband dull, married life dreary and confining, and motherhood to be bondage.” Is this an accurate summary for the novel? Explain.
The Awakening was very much a book about “a heroine who found her husband dull, married life dreary and confining, and motherhood to be bondage” but, just that is not an accurate summary for the novel. This book was about much deeper subjects, subjects that some people dare to not even talk about. Edna was a very unsure lady, emotionally and mentally. Edna did not like herself as the author writes, “ She (Edna) felt no interest in anything about her” (58). Throughout The Awakening, Edna is trying to find herself and discover what she wants in her life. Edna did find her husband “dull” and married life “dreary and confining” but, she also found herself “dull” and her house “dreary and confining”. She practically found everything that way. Edna was trying to figure out who she was and how she was relevant to life. She did find motherhood to be bondage but she also loved her kids and “ ask perdue“. Edna also had a scandalous relationship with Robert not because it was love but because he truly made her feel worth. She found in him what she had been looking for in everything else: self worth. Whenever she lost Robert she lost her self worth and her desire to live. Therefore, The Awakening cannot simply be summarized as a book about “a heroine who found her husband dull, married life dreary and confining, and motherhood to be bondage” but a book about a deeply confused and lost women trying to find her self in every situation but scandalously losing desire to continue after losing her self worth.
Chopin scholar Erin E. McDonald, PhD, states, “Past feminist examinations of Kate Chopin's work have focused on the question of whether the heroine's suicide in The Awakening was intended to signify rebellion or defeat, most commonly reaching the conclusion that the author intended to leave this point ambiguous.” Discuss the significance of Pontellier’s final act. Why was her suicide so necessary, or was it? Discuss.
- It is no secret to anyone that Edna Pontellier was a very independent and rebellious minded women. Edna spent the last years of her life trying to find herself independently and become a rebel. She was a rebel when it came to being a mom, wife, house keeper, and secret lover. In every situation Edna faced she looked towards the rebellious outcome. Edna had a husband that cared about her and would have spent his life providing for her but instead she rebelled and developed relationships with Robert and Adéle. Edna had kids that she did love but spent little to no time with them because she knew that she did not have to. Edna also had many friends that she kept but did have rebellious attitudes towards. Edna...

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