Unformatted text preview: I. Intro A. The roles the women play in Kate Chopin's The Awakening all influence the way the protagonist, Edna Pontellier is viewed by the reader. Each of the women are very different but all come together to form a strong significance in the story. Women of New Orleans in the 1800's were expected to live up to a certain lifestyle by devoting their lives to their husbands, taking care of their children, entertaining guests, and acting very prim and proper. II. Body A. Adelle Ratignolle is Edna's closest friend. Adelle is the perfect example of the victorian age woman. She enjoys her simple life devoting it to her husband and children on a daily basis. The book describes her as a "mother-women"(Ch. 4).Edna has a hard time finding comfort in the idea that woman can not be as independent as they would like. She is Madmioselle Reisz- the most Madmioselle influential character in Edna's influential awakening. Unmarried and childless awakening. and she devotes her life to her piano and playing instead of a husband and playing children. she represents children. independence and freedom. Edna independence looks up to her for her personal looks independence. Edna confides in her independence. despite their different personalities to despite keep the secret of her and Roberts keep relationship. She helps Edna transform relationship. into the free person that she thinks into she desires to be. Her character she symbolizes Edna's desired symbolizes characteristics. She envies her characteristics. lifestyle. She is the woman that Edna lifestyle. could have become if she would have could listened to her father and have not listened married Leonce. They are similar as married they both reject the expected lifestyle they of a victorian women. of ...
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