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The following paper is in regard to Mary Wollstonecrafts novel Maria or the Wrongs of Women and Kate Chopins novel titled The Awakenings The two stories have a similar plot and both discuss the oppression of women in the institution of marriage This paper will include how the two main characters in each story Maria in Maria and Edna in The Awakenings challenge the oppressive ideology by finding a new love and how they also encountered problems as long the wayIt was when the face and figure of great tragedian began to haunt her imagination and stir her senses The persistence of the infatuation lent it an aspect of genuineness The hopelessness of it colored it with the lofty tones of a great passion Awakenings 1026 A passion that ultimately lost its novelty and was allocated to the shelf that held obscure yet relaxed delightful remembrances The tragedian keeps fellowship with a visiting cavalry officer and an engaged gentleman Though in reality the gentleman is probably no longer engaged he will remain so in the mind of Edna Pontellier one of the images of the infatuations of a little miss1026 With respect to her marriage to Leonce Pontellier Edna is inhibited not with the man himself but with the concept he represents When leaving Mississippi on Leonces arm she defied her familys wish that she marries a non-Catholic Cast to that equation a healthy dose of flattery from her intended and their union is as good as cemented This is how Edna comes to be ensconced in the inescapable institution of marriage One would presume that the speaking of the vows would discontinue her youthful allure but that is not the case Both the holy bounds of wedlock and the remonstrations of society hail to constrict her Edna Pontellier experiences one last great infatuation However this beat upon her soul reverberates into a feeling that far surpasses what she had previously thought to be the
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