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Edna Pontellier The Awakening which was written by Kate Chopin received a great deal of criticism when it was first published in 1899 Much of the controversy over the novel arose because of the character of Edna Pontellier Edna was very much unlike the women of her time In todays terms she would be considered a rebel Edna opposed the traditional roles of society that kept many restraints on the women of the 1800s According to traditional society of the 1800s women were assigned the duties of tending the home caring for their husband and bearing children On the other hand the men of this time were to be considered the authority of the household and were basically in charge of what goes on throughout the household internally and externally as well as mentally and physically It is Ednas choice to disobey these roles and her need for self-discovery which cause a shocking end to this adventure to find her true self In her critique the female artist in Kate Chopins The Awakening Birth and Creativity Carlene Stone takes the reader through stages of Ednas struggle to become an artist showing direct correlation with her becoming and individual and in control of her own self For example she states how Roberts encouragement while she is painting is very innocent in the beginning but eventually leads to the awakening of her passions of her body and her falling in love with Robert The fact that Edna falls for Robert goes against those societal roles which where followed by some many women of the 1800s Robert plays a big role in Ednas self-development through artistry and love by being a huge source of imaginative power Stone then goes on making references to the scene in which she grows tired during Mass and leaves with Robert who takes her to Madame Antoines home She states that stories told by Madame Antoine represents the oral tradition of art and
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