♥ Book Title : Kate Chopin's The Awakening
☯ Full Synopsis : "Providing all the tools for engaged, informed individual analysis of the text, this is an essential starting point for students of American literature and women's writing, or for anyone fascinated by Chopin's controversial work."Article| Janet Beer| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Kate Chopin’s “Edna” in "The Awakening"
☯ Full Synopsis : "Seminar paper from the year 2012 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Heidelberg (Anglistisches Seminar), language: English, abstract: 1. Introduction Kate Chopin‟s the Awakening and especially its ending has been interpreted primarily in two different ways: There are those who believe that the ending, Edna‟s suicide, is Edna‟s final awakening (among them inter alia Rosowski, cf. “The Novel of Awakening.” p.47) and there are those who argue that the ending is Edna‟s final realization of her failure to find a place in society (for example Lattin, cf. “Childbirth and Motherhood.” p.44; Solomon cf. “Characters as Foils to Edna.” p.119). But beyond these contrasting angles of interpretation, there is one common belief: The Awakening is Edna‟s struggle to find her own identity, her genuine place in society or, in short, herself: One of these days [...] I‟m going to pull myself together for a while and think try to determine what character of a woman I am; for, candidly, I don‟t know. By all the codes which I am acquainted with, I am a devilishly wicked specimen of the sex. But some way I can‟t convince myself that I am. I must think about it. (p.103) As the figures of Adèle Ratignolle and Mlle. Reisz show, it is, after all, possible for women to find an identity of their own. Patricia Hopkins Lattin and Deborah E. Parker have argued that these two women serve as role models for Edna. But both Lattin and Parker fail to give a role model-based explanation of Edna‟s failure to find her place in society. The question that shall be examined in the following is therefore the contribution of Edna‟s role models to her failure. It shall be analyzed why Edna, unlike Adèle and Mlle. Reisz, does not succeed in finding her place in society, and why she also does not succeed to model herself on Adèle or Reisz. In order to answer this question, especially the differences between Edna and each of her role-models shall be examined. Since many research papers have argued that Adèle Ratignolle and Mlle. Reisz serve as Edna`s role models, this view will not be verified in the following. First of all, Edna‟s relationship with Adèle and, afterwards, with Mlle. Reisz will be examined. It will be analyzed to what degree Edna imitates these role models. By doing so, the discrepancies between the characters of Edna and Adèle Ratignolle and Edna and Mlle. Reisz will be presented, and it will be examined to what degree Edna would be able to lead the same life as her role models do. The last task will be to point out to what extend it is due to these role models that Edna fails to find her place in society."Article| Franziska Müller| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Awakening
☯ Full Synopsis : "Kate Chopin was one of the most individual and adventurous of 19th-century American writers whose fiction explored new and often startling territory. Knights now presents a critical edition of Chopin's best-known work, "The Awakening", alongside 32 of the writer's short stories."Article| Kate Chopin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin - Edna Pontellier, a Woman Fated to Die
☯ Full Synopsis : "Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, Humboldt-University of Berlin (Institut fur Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: "Death and Sexuality in Early American Narratives," language: English, abstract: In the following paper I will subject the character of Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopins The Awakening to a critical analysis. Edna Pontelliers death at the end of the novel is not the essential sense. Since the society of her time cannot allow such an "awakening" of individuality to take place, Edna is fated to die. Therefore death is a forgone conclusion. Given that Kate Chopin tried to paint the picture of a truly liberated, independent, and individual woman, she cannot let Edna go back to her conventional life, which would be the only alternative. Following the biography of Kate Chopin closely, the reader discovers many parrallels between Kate Chopins life and the character of Edna Pontellier. The novel does not, as some critics of Kate Chopins time have claimed, lack "authorial comment and judgement."1 Kate Chopins novel was meant as a judgement of the Creole society of her time. Therefore it is important to examine the characters and the events that are crucial for the development that leads to the tragic end of Edna Pontellier. Starting with her husband, Leonce Pontellier, whom she does not love, I will discuss in what way the main characters Adele Ratignolle, Mademoiselle Reisz, Alcee Arobin and Robert Lebrun are responsible for Ednas "awakening."""Article| Claudia Dewitz| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Literarische Kontexte von Kate Chopins The awakening
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♥ Book Title : Women in Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"
☯ Full Synopsis : "Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3 (B), University of Stuttgart (Anglistics/American Studies), 15 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Looking at the situation of women some centuries ago, one can hardly deny that women had permanently been discriminated: Neither were they allowed to take part in political life, nor did they get a proper education or were granted any kind of selfhood. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, wives were still regarded as “the objects of others rather than as the free subjects of their own fates” (Fox-Genovese 35). Looking at the situation of women nowadays, things obviously have improved: At least in industrialised countries women and men virtually are on equal footing regarding work, politics and even childcare. One can only try to imagine the immense changes that must have taken place in society, and the effects those had on both, men and women. Yet those changes did not just happen by chance, they required strong, self-confident women who recognised themselves as individual human beings, who committed themselves to the tough struggle for their personal freedom and were prepared to make various sacrifices. Some were successful, but there are also countless examples of women who didn’t make it. Kate Chopin ́s “The Awakening” deals with the transcendentalist theme of women’s self-discovery and its consequences on the example of its protagonist Edna Pontellier. Set in the late-nineteenth-century New Orleans, Louisiana, it provides the reader with a “considerable range of women’s behaviour during an era in which women were frequently categorised as similar in instincts and interests” (Solomon 119) and thus serves as a prime example for the analysis of the multiple roles that were open to the women of this time. Although Chopin was neither a particularly political nor feminist writer, it is important to understand the political and social circumstances of that time; for that reason the novel’s historical context will be dealt with initially. The next step will be to focus on some minor female characters and their roles as well as their acceptance in society , followed by the final characterisation of Edna Pontellier."Article| Michaela Abele| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Kate Chopin: The Awakening - Edna ́s suicide: The Awakening to inner freedom
☯ Full Synopsis : "Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7 (A-), University of Freiburg (English Seminar), course: Seminar, language: English, abstract: In this research paper I will analyse the main character of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, Edna Pontellier, and discuss reasons for her suicide. Edna step by step relieves herself from the obligations of her surrounding and undergoes a development that leads to new strength and independence. However, Edna never succeeds in reaching full individuality and goes the only possible way: she commits suicide. The novel gives several hints that lead to the conclusion that Edna’s suicide is an act of liberalization. Edna is surrounded by a society she cannot identify with and does not want to be part of. The role of the woman in the 19 th century was clearly limited to being a mother and wife. Edna does not feel satisfied with this life, as she desires to make her own rules and decisions. During her awakening, she brakes free from the social conventions and tries to lead an independent life. Yet although Edna begins to be independent, the only way she can complete her intention is to commit suicide."Article| Nicola Dürr| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "A reprint of the 1899 novel about Edna Pontellier, a Victorian-era wife and mother who is awakened to the full force of her desire for love and freedom when she becomes enamored with Robert LeBrun, a young man she meets while on vacation. Also includes the short stories: Beyond the bayou -- Ma'ame Pelagle -- Desiree's baby -- A Respectable woman -- The Kiss -- A Pair of silk stockings -- The Locket -- A Reflection."Article| Kate Chopin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Awakening - Literary Touchstone
☯ Full Synopsis : "This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary and reader?s notes to help the modern reader contend with Kate Chopin's themes and language. As the title suggests, The Awakening, published in 1899, tells the story of one woman?s emergence from the conventional Victorian role of wife and mother to face the social consequences of seeking personal fulfillment. More than a mere argument in support of freedom and equality for women, it is a compelling depiction of the subtle burdens that had been traditionally borne by women and the awareness that perhaps there are options."Article| Kate Chopin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Discourse of Female Mental Illness in Kate Chopin's's The Awakening
☯ Full Synopsis : "This study addresses the consequences that befell Edna Pontellier for seeking an identity apart and outside of the roles of wife and mother. In particular, it focuses on thecorrelation made by the male characters in the novel between rejecting motherhood and marriage and perceived mental illness. Edna's onset of contradictory behavior causes Leonce and Dr. Mandelet to hypothesize the cause of her new behavior. In an attempt to understand and cure Edna, they take a diagnostic approach towards her awakening. Their misunderstanding of her awakening reveals the misinformed societal dogma that linked women's desire for autonomy to mental instability.There is a lack of scholarship in regards to Dr. Mandelet, chapter XXII, and the broader implications of medicine and mental illness in The Awakening. Although feminist discourse has celebrated Edna's sexual liberation, there is a lack of scholarship in understanding Chopin's more subversive feminist theme of the male tendency to misunderstand and misdiagnosis the female mind that steps outside socially prescribed roles.Using social, historical, and gender based perspectives were helpful methods in understanding this issue. Studying the historical, cultural, and social atmosphere as well as the accepted gender roles during the time Chopin was writing is essential in realizing her subversive feminist plight. Chopin is questioning the socially prescribed gender roles and notions of 19th century female normative behavior.Chopin is calling into question the limitations and misunderstandings of her time, and, as her fin-de- siecle suggests, she is also calling for an active reconsideration of gender roles moving into the new century. Some critics interpret Edna's suicide as evidence that she was unable to overcome theses societal limitations; however, textual support from the final chapter of the novel lends itself to a more hopeful interpretation. Suicide is Edna's first and final act as an autonomous, liberated woman. Chopin beckons for women in following centuries to continue in Edna's plight, and, perhaps, what Edna was only able to achieve in death, generations of women to come would be able to achieve in their lifetime."Article| Elise M. Collman| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Women's Issues in Kate Chopin's The Awakening
☯ Full Synopsis : "Published in 1899, Kate Chopin's The Awakening refused to shy away from its progressive depictions of femininity and womanhood, defying and challenging the status quo. This informative edition explores the theme of women's issues as they relate to The Awakening, investigating topics such as independence, inequality, and identity. Readers are provided with an extensive bibliography of author Kate Chopin, a series of essays the expand upon themes of gender found within the text, and a selection of modern thought on gender and gender roles."Article| Dedria Bryfonski| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Edna's suicide in Kate Chopins 'The Awakening'
☯ Full Synopsis : "Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2004 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 1,3, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Universität), Veranstaltung: Proseminar, 8 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is a masterpiece of feminist philosophy. It tells the story of Edna Pontellier, a wife and mother who realizes that her society does not allow her the possibility to be an autonomous individual human being. The play is set in the late nineteenth century. At that time, women were regarded as the possessions of their husbands and their main function was to give birth to children. In the course of the novel, Edna Pontellier undergoes a series of awakenings: she realizes she is not in love with her husband, discovers a sense of “self” and begins to “realize her position in the universe as a human being.”1 She discovers love and her long dormant sexuality and passions reawaken. When she thinks she has finally achieved independence and freed herself of her husband’s ownership, she realizes that Robert, whom she loves and who returns her love, will not treat her any different than Léonce. Even Alcée, her roué, who satisfies her sexual desires, treats her as though she belonged to him. Edna begins to understand that there is no possibility for her to lead a life as a complete person in her society as she is obliged to fulfil her role as a mother. Not wanting to sacrifice her soul for her children she commits suicide in the sea. In the following pages I will discuss and analyze the reasons for her suicide and show that it can be seen as a failure on Edna’s part: She did not drown herself in the sea simply because she could not be with Robert. On the contrary she was unable to set herself above the limitations furnished by her society and I will illustrate how this, together with her responsibilities as a mother, plays a very important role in her decision to end her life."Article| Nadine Marik| Statement ..."