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What is an ideal woman Does the ideal woman change by decades centuries or millenniums Yes in the 19th century a woman needed to have certain qualities in order to be considered ideal Although some of these qualities have changed over a period some have remained the same In the 19th century Creole society a quality associated with the ideal woman included being a mother-woman This trait characterized a home-loving child-adoring and husband-worshipping lady The Creole society had set-beliefs about how a woman should conduct herself In The Awakening by Kate Chopin Edna Pontellier a non-native of the Creole community is depicted as not embodying the ideal Creole woman even though others expect her to since is married to Leonce Pontellier a Creole native In the course of this novel Edna meets various friends and foes that help her find herself Some of these friends include Adele Ratignolle and Mlle Reisz The ongoing friendships between Edna and Adele Ratignolle and Edna and Mlle Reisz appear to be greatly influential on Ednas personality Mlle Reisz as a social outcast to the Creole society aids Edna on her quest to individuality while Adeles acceptance of the mother-woman role conflicts with Ednas awakening Adele Ratignolles friendship with Edna causes Edna to experience many ups and downs in her life this is because Edna gets confused with Adeles advice because Adele a mother-woman 16 encourages Edna to follow in her Adele own footsteps Edna on the other hand is on a quest to freedom and individuality which does not include the thought of being a child-adoring and husband-worshipping woman Throughout the course of this novel Adele advises Edna to make her children a priority over herself much as she does with her family Adele sees Edna drifting away from her family and tries to convince saying Think of the children Edna Oh think of the children Remember them 182 However Edna is going through a phase in her
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