Paper2Awakening

Paper2Awakening - ENGL250:0109 Kirch Casey Gresh 27...

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ENGL250:0109 – Kirch Casey Gresh 27 February 2009 Draft for Paper #2 The Awakening , Sex versus Race The Awakening is the story of Edna Pontellier’s renaissance in which she reinvents her being and develops her individuality. Edna is an atypical woman character of the nineteenth century in Creole society. While she is white, wealthy, and respectable, traits preferred by most contemporaries of the time and place, she feels unhappy and unfulfilled as though she is trapped in her lifestyle. In his essay “The Basis of the Family” in On Society and Social Change in 1844, Friedrich Engels found that “The modern domestic family is based on the open or concealed domestic slavery of the wife, and modern society is a mass composed of these individual families as molecules.” This is basically iterating the fact that women were slaves to their families at that time. However, Edna was different; she was not a mother-woman, that is she did not “[idolize her] children, [worship her husband], and [esteem] it a holy privilege to efface [herself] as [an individual] and grow wings as [a] ministering [angel]” (Chopin 9). In
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