Gender Roles in "The Awakening" Analytical Essay by TUESDAY

Gender Roles in "The Awakening"
An analysis of the gender roles in Kate Chopin's story "The Awakening".
# 119050 | 1,405 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 28, 2010 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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The paper looks at the story "The Awakening" that tells the story of a woman's search for her identity in a society that expects women to conform to a set of oppressive, confining gender roles. The paper shows how the women in the story either embrace these roles, or reject them, while the men enforced these social rules in their marriages and expectations of women. The paper focuses on how Edna, the central character of the novel, rejects these gender roles in attempt to find herself and give her life meaning.

From the Paper:

"For Edna, getting married was not a matter of choice, but one of social obligation and financial necessity. She did not marry her husband, Leonce, out of love, but out of rebellion to her own family; but it is likely that her rebellion was more toward a society which forces women to be married at all. Edna does not think highly of marriage, referring to it as "one of the most lamentable spectacles on Earth" (p87). Edna's father is an overbearing patriarch, who states that, "Authority, coercion are what is needed. Put your foot down good and hard; the only way to manage a wife." (p94) This points toward pressure on Edna from her family to marry, indicating even more that her rebellion toward them was also toward a woman's helplessness in this society."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. New York: Bantam Books, 1992.

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