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The Folly of Oppression Oppression is one of the most barbaric traits that humans posses Taking advantage of a another human for some sort of gain is just plain selfish Those who are oppressed often look weak meek and helpless in hindsight Yet one truth remains throughout human history oppression has ultimately failed That leaves the question of why In Kate Chopins The Awakening Toni Morisons Beloved John Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath groups are belittled in an effort to assert control Oppressors justify oppression by dehumanizing the oppressed yet the oppressed never fully become acceptant of their subordinate roles and eventually rebound to become fully functional human beings if not more Edna Pontellier of Chopins The Awakening is denied the chance to aquire her desires because society puts her in a cage trapped and on display Edna husband Leonce complains to a friend that Edna is making it devilishly uncomfortable for him because Shes got some sort of notion in her head concerning the eternal rights of women Chopin 70 The way that Leonce tells his friend about his martial troubles it is obvious that he does not take Ednas opinion seriously He says that Edna does not have the principle of equal rights in her head but just the notion Leonce is alluding that women to not have the minds or the necessary brainpower needed to comprehend principals He hints that someone else must have implanted the idea into his wifes head Leonce however is not the only thing that tyrannizes Edna in fact the culture of the Creole hinders her more than her husband does Edna grows extremely frustrated because she realizes that she is not a mother-woman It is almost to know the mother-women fluttering about their wings extended protecting wings when any harm real or imagined threatened their precious brood Chopin 15 Even in the beginning of Kate Chopins novel Edna show signs of unrest She questions
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