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Novels that are written by distinct authors in distinct time periods can possess many resemblances and discrepancies For example Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and The Awakening by Kate Chopin both express the struggle of a womans emancipation from everyday societal challenges Both authors firmly suggest examples of how two women coming from contrasting cultures can harbor the same intrigue and fascinations Although in different time periods both works convey similar messages Hurston places her main character in a predominantly segregated time period while Chopin chooses a more eloquent period of American luxury and aristocratic fashion The story of how temptations lifestyles and influences upon women cause their true personalities and devotions to arise and corrupt their normal existence is clearly shown both works Both works represent how little influence women have over their own lives However other aspects of their lives can completely take control of their surroundings Men for example dominate the lives of both women The Awakening has Edna Pontellier well-to-do wife of Leonce Pontellier leading a peaceful but restless life while vacationing at the beach She soon realizes her true love for Robert Lebrun the son of the woman who owns the resort Unfortunately she is married and feels total devotion to her children while Robert disappears for some time in search of his own calling A passionate whirlwind of thoughts and self-realizations bring Edna closer to abandoning her past lifestyle for one in which she has control over While Leonce and the children are away an ambitious Alcee Arobin moves in on the home front He captures Ednas attention with his unmistakable charm and attempts to seduce her as well The relationship dissipates as Ednas true friend Mademoiselle Reisz nonchalantly brings Edna and Robert to cross each others paths once again Throughout the entire story Edna is enraptured by dreams of actually leading a pleasant life with someone who can fulfill her need for
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