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Aime 1 Nathan Aime Professor Decker Literature 221 3 June 2011 Women in Literature Women and the American culture at the turn of the century were very different than the culture of the current society in present day America. This essay analyses three pieces of literature from the turn of the century: Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s “The Revolt of Mother.” In these three works, the wives defeat the patriarchal culture represented in the attitudes of their husbands. In Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening,” the mindset of the feminist woman was portrayed very clearly as she wrote, “How strange and awful it seemed to stand naked under the sky! How delicious! She felt like some new-born creature, opening its eyes in a familiar world that it had never known” (Chopin 627). This quote portrays a drastic change from the beginning of the novel when Edna existed in a semi-conscious state while married to Leonce and having children; however at that time she was not aware of her own ambitions and feelings. The experiences Edna had and the people she met on
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2012 for the course BUSN 310 taught by Professor Alex during the Spring '11 term at American Public University.

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