The Awakening Paper Feminist Perspective

1126 words - 5 pages

Jesus DeJesus

February 19,2013

AP Literature 2nd Period

Critical Analyzing: The Awakening by Kate Chopin and A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

By analyzing these two well-known arts of literature in a feminist perspective, or point-of-view of females, one can notice a pattern in women's desire for freedom that men have in depicting their sexual desires. During both of these literary time periods women felt obligated to do what was their role back then: cook, clean, maintain children, etc, but Edna Pontellier from The Awakening felt different, as well as Nora Helmer from A Doll's House. Mrs. Pontellier felt extremely confident in the way of how she was pursuing her freedom and did ...view middle of the document...

This force was coming from her sexual desires which is backed up by Kate Chopin's gloomy tone showing how Edna began seeing her relationship with her husband Leonce Pontellier as the end of her passion. She believed it was the end of her passion because Leonce believed that he can buy Edna's love. Soon Edna Pontellier started gathering herself together and began experimenting going out alone to acknowledge her passion. Throughout this journey she meets a man by the name Alcee Arobin. Her first awakening throughout the story is the sexual wants that she is craving, and started with Alcee Arobin. He is considered as a successful ladies-man, in which she has temptations in mind to commit an affair with. "He possessed a good figure, a pleasing face . . . and his dress was that of the conventional man of fashion" (220). The kiss that they shared was a "flaming torch that kindled desire" (350). In Edna's head she does not really like Alcee or want anything to do with him for the future. Instead that kiss reminded her of Robert Lebrun, a charming and fascinating male who falls in love with Edna, "one summer on Grand Isle" (117). The feminist view of Edna shows that being free and listening to your wants is what makes people truly happy, but what about her kids?
In A Doll's House Nora Helmer was brought up the same time period as Edna Pontellier in which women were considered secondary to men. She also had a different view on the circumstance that she was in. The Doll House itself was a image and symbol showing how her house-hold had money but was still living in a traditional home. The Doll itself was symbolism of how Nora felt like a piece of property being pampered. She was handed down by her father to her husband Torvald. Because Nora wanted to make an impact in her marriage by providing money for her husband's health benefits, she forged her father's signature to take out a loan. When Nora's husband finds out he reacts in a egocentric way which infuriated Nora which lead to the walking out on her children.
The psychological perspective is analyzing human behavior and understanding appropriately for undertaking this study. By analyzing Nora and Edna one clearly sees the neglecting of...

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