She upset many nineteenth century expectations for women and their supposed roles. One of her most shocking actions was her denial of her role as a mother and wife. Kate Chopin displays this rejection gradually, but the concept of motherhood is major theme throughout the novel. Edna is fighting against the societal and natural structures of motherhood that force her to be defined by her title as wife of Leonce Pontellier and mother of Raoul and Etienne Pontellier, instead of being her own, self-defined individual.
Adele is the perfect "mother-woman," a role for which Edna feels utterly unsuited, even though she has two children.
Adele is totally dedicated to her husband and children. In the first chapters of the novel, set in the summer in Grande Isle, we learn that Adele is pregnant and Kate Chopin primarily uses Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz to show the limited options for women, and by extension for Edna, in late nineteenth-century Southern society.
In the first chapters of the novel, set in the summer in Grande Isle, we learn that Adele is pregnant and already knitting winter clothes for her children. Mademoiselle Reisz, on the other hand, is a single woman who dedicates her life to her art. She is a respected musician but is also seen as unpleasant and unattractive.
She is not in any romantic relationship and has no children. The novel implies that women must choose one or the other path: When Edna herself tries to become a painter, she finds that her husband disapproves of the time she spends on art, insisting she do her "duties" as mother, wife, and socialite.
She is responsible for maintaining the good reputation of her husband and their family. Of course, once Edna starts following her own desires—to paint and to wander around New Orleans when she is supposed to be in her home receiving guests—she is chided by her husband.
Edna decides, however, to move into a smaller house that is more to her liking and to basically do what she wants, when she wants. Eventually, when she discovers that her desires to be independent will never be fulfilled in this world, she drowns herself in the Gulf of Mexico.
The other female characters in the novel work to highlight the categories into which women can be placed. Edna does not fit into those neatly, so she feels there is no place for her.Kate Chopin's Awakening Kate Chopin's depiction of “The Awakening” is realistic as she develops Edna Pontellier’s character from a socially and morally respectable individual to an individual that turns her back on everything closest to her as she births her new self-being.
- Kate Chopin The Awakening To what extent does Edna Pontellier, in Kate Chopin's The Awakening, mark a departure from the female characters of earlier nineteenth-century American novels The Awakening was published in , and it immediately created a controversy.
- Kate Chopin's Awakening Kate Chopin's depiction of “The Awakening” is realistic as she develops Edna Pontellier’s character from a socially and morally respectable individual to an individual that turns her back on everything closest to her as she births her new self-being.
Kate Chopin’s "The Awakening" was a bold piece of fiction in its time, and protagonist Edna Pontellier was a controversial character. She upset many nineteenth century expectations for . Chopins' The Awakening is a story of the emotional journey of the protagonist, Edna Pontellier, who is a young Kentuckian woman of twenty-eight married to Leonce Pontellier, a successful New Orleans businessman, with two young sons during the Victorian era of Published: Thu, 04 May May Edna Pontellier’s actions in the novel The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, ever be justifiable?
Society accuses Edna of being selfish and unjustifiable in .