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When faced with the question of which novel did I have the greatest reaction to this semester the first story that came to mind was The Awakening Although written from the perspective of a woman I found that this story rendered my greatest emotional appeal It is a story of a woman Edna Pontellier who transforms herself from an obedient housewife to a person who is alive with strength of character and emotions that she no longer has to suppress The metamorphosis is shaped by her surroundings It is the narrow minded view of society in Victorian times that makes this story possible Just as her behavior is more shocking and horrifying because of her position in society it is that very position which causes her to feel restrained and makes her want to rebel against convention Is Edna truly awakened at the end of the storyA typical Victorian woman maintained her sphere which deemed womens personal lives center around home husband and childrenBonner 26 Women were supposed to accept this position in the home happily and be satisfied It never satisfied Edna who always seemed out of place when with other woman She was a wife and mother but not a typical Victorian wife and mother With regards to her childrenTheir absence was sort of reliefIt seemed to free her of a responsibility which she blindly assumed and for which fate had not fitted herChopin18Even early on she reveals ideas uncommon to Victorian society She tries to maintain her roles but it is very difficult to herThe person who Edna truly admires the most is Mademoiselle Reiz who is a brilliant artist and pianist Mademoiselle Reiz is widely misunderstood because she is an eccentric bold and does not conform to the traditional role of a woman in Victorian society It her music that touches Edna Edna claimed that something inside her stirred and she felt alive like she had never felt beforeChopin It is
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