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Tension Between Self and Society It can be incredibly difficult to follow the rules and norms of society when your heart is telling you to do otherwise. Such is the case with Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Winterbourne in Henry James’s Daisy Miller . Edna feels as though she does not fit in to the Creole culture and that it is tying her down. Winterbourne knows that he should stay away from Daisy Miller, as she is a bad influence on him and is a disgraceful person in the eyes of the people of Vevey. Despite this fact, however, he ignores society’s watchful eyes and pursues the young woman anyway. Both of these characters live with a feeling of constriction and tension, but ultimately both are able to cut the strings that have held them down. In The Awakening , Edna Pontellier is a wife, a mother, and a friend. However, she does not exemplify these roles in the stereotypical Creole fashion. This is a quality that is not seen in a positive light in this society. In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman.…They were
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