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Women in The Awakening Kate Chopins The Awakening illustrates the many aspects of Creole life Creole women have certain duties and responsibilities that they must carry out Edna Pontellier and Adele Ratignolle share different views about the role of women in Creole society Adele believes that women should be subservient to their husbands and fulfill their motherly duties She believes that a woman who would give her life for her children could do no more than thatChopin 47 Edna however takes a different standpoint Frank Magill states that if Edna chooses to remain a traditional woman her children and her husband must come before her own needs if she seeks new avenues of self-fulfillment however she must recognize that she will be confronting tempest-like winds of controversy that will lead to social banishment389 Adele Ratignolle and Edna Pontellier represent the dutiful and the rebellious Creole women respectively Adele Ratignolle represents the ideal mother Her attitude toward her children is always one of love Even in her free time Adele works to fulfill her childrens needs While at Grand Isle she was busily engaged in sewing upon a diminutive pair of night-drawers designed for winter wearChopin 8 When she should enjoy the summer on the island Adeles thoughts anticipate her childrens needs for the winter Lant comments As a true representative of femininity Adele is excessively devoted to her children116 Always conscious of her motherly role Adele seeks to provide for her children Adeles pleasures are found in her children Although she plays very well keeping excellent waltz time and infusing an expression into the strains which was indeed inspiring Chopin 24 she only plays to keep her children happy She feels that is an important part of her motherly duty to keep up her playing to enrich the childrens lives Adele is a faultless Madonna who dedicates her life to her husband and childrenMagill 389 Even though she
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