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Compare The Awakening to Madame Bovary Kate Chopins The Awakening and Gustave Flauberts Madame Bovary are both tales of women indignant with their domestic situations the distinct differences between the two books can be found in the authors unique tones Both authors weave similar themes into their writings such as the escape from the monotony of domestic life dissatisfaction with marital expectations and suicide References to fate abound throughout both works In The Awakening Chopin uses fate to represent the expectations of Edna Pontelliers aristocratic society Flaubert uses fate to portray his characters compulsive methods of dealing with their guilt and rejecting of personal accountability Both authors however seem to believe that it is fate that oppresses these women their creators view them subjectively as if they were products of their respective environments Chopin portrays Edna as an object and she receives only the same respect as a possession Ednas husband sees her as and looks at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property which has suffered some damage P 2 The Awakening Chopin foils their marriage in that of the Ratignolles who understood each other perfectly She makes the classic mistake of comparing ones insides with others outsides when she thinks If ever the fusion of two human begins into one has been accomplished on this sphere it was surely in their union P 56 The Awakening This sets the stage for her unhappiness providing a point of contrast for her despondent marriage to Mr Pontellier She blames their marriage for their unhappiness declaring that a wedding is one of the most lamentable spectacles on earth P 66 The Awakening She sees their lifetime pledge to fidelity and love as merely a social trap the same forces that bind them oppress her Simultaneously Mademoiselle Reisz who sent a keen tremor down Mrs Pontelliers spinal column which perhaps is the tremor
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