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John Honochick Modernity and its Discontents HaiLin Zhou 3-12-2008 Edna Pontellier vs . Nora Helmer Edna Pontellier, from Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, and Nora Helmer, from Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House , have often bee compared to each other by many scholars throughout these books short history . The reason why they are often compare is blatantly obvious due to the desire they have of attaining their own individuality, a quality not sought by most women of their times . However, one must look beyond this small comparison to realize that for the most part, they are polar opposites for several reasons . The first distinction that makes them completely different is their wealth status . Edna is a wealthy woman living in a Creole society . Never once has she had to worry about money, but the fact that she had money never affected her actions . Often she desired to lower her status and escape from her present world . The pigeon-house pleased her . It at once assumed the intimate character of a home, while she 1
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herself invested it with a charm which it reflected like a warm glow . There was with her a feeling of having descended in the social scale, with a corresponding sense of having risen in the spiritual . (Chopin, 151) On the other hand is Nora Helmer, a woman who has never
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