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Even though it was written in the Victorian era Kate Chopins The Awakening has several romantic qualities especially with the main character as she struggles between societys obligations and her own desires Chopin writes about a woman who continues to reject the society around her a notion too radical for Chopins peers Edna Pontellier has the traditional role of both wife and mother but deep down she wants something more difficult to do in the restricted Victorian society The typical Victorian woman maintained her sphere which deemed womens personal lives center around home husband and children Victorian Women p 118 Women were supposed to happily accept this position in the home and be satisfied It never satisfied Edna who always seemed out of place when with other women She was a wife and a mother but not the typical Victorian wife and mother With regards to her children Their absence was sort of reliefIt seemed to free her of a responsibility which she blindly assumed and for which Fate had not fitted her p 18 Already she is revealing ideas uncommon in the Victorian era She tries to maintain her roles but it is very difficult for her As the story progresses Edna focuses on her desires rather than what her husband wants She refuses to participate in the traditional role given to her as a woman The romantic notion of individualism comes out as Edna decides to go out on a Tuesday afternoon rather than receive visitors When her husband finds out he is extremely upset I should think that youd understand by this time that people dont do such things weve got to observe les convenances if we ever expect to get on and keep up with the procession p 51 Edna disregards her husbands appeal to conform and continues to do what she wants Victorian society was not ready for a novel whose main character disregards the norm
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