"The Awakening" and Traditional Values
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This paper discusses how one does not have to look beyond the first line on the first page of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" to understand that art, music, beauty, and poetry are about to come up hard against traditional values, which are so firmly planted that nothing can move them. It looks at how, because of this very obvious clash of values, Edna Pontellier finds herself and sets herself free from the mundane world in the end and in a highly symbolic and poetic manner.
From the Paper:"Coupled with the description of her plump body, flaming hair and red cherry lips, it is clear that Madame Ratignolle will move Edna to her escape not by being a role model, but by being the very "high art" opposite, a totally traditional woman against whom Edna can measure her awakening sensibilities. That their friendship grew, despite Edna's growing dissatisfaction with many aspects of her own life, hinged Edna's own sensibilities, and not on anything Madame Ratignolle says or does. In describing Edna's friendship with Madame Ratignolle, Chopin also foreshadows the friendship between Edna and Mademoiselle."
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