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The Awakening - connection to the Womens Movement through Edna Pontellier The Womens Movement was a long and strenuous battle The battle included more than just letters as books pamphlets marches and many more activities were planned and executed Just one of the thousands upon thousands of works used in the Womens Movement was The Awakening The Awakening is a large supporter of the Womens Movement as seen through Edna Pontelliers actions and thoughts Edna shows her discontent with the rules society forces upon her shortly after the book begins It is the unwritten rule that a woman should marry have children and be happy and content with that as their life Society portrays this to be a womans rightful job and duty Edna feels that though many women agree with this known rule it isnt fair For six years Edna conforms to these ideas by being a proper wife and mother holding Tuesday socials and going to operas following the same enduring schedule It is only after her summer spent at Grand Isle that her mechanical lifestyle becomes apparent to her She sees how much she is unhappy with the expectations held by society of her life and she wishes to erase them and live her life as she wants Once Edna realizes that she does not enjoy her life her actions of rebellion is what is embraced by the feminist eye Ednas need for an uncontrolled lifestyle is what leaves her feeling owned and wanting to break the wife-label she wears she fights to do as she wishes Little by little she breaks free of societys image letting her independence shine through She cancels her Tuesday socials and helps out around the house doing little chores The biggest step she made was her decision to move away from her mansion and into the pigeon house a little cottage around corner After this move
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