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The Awakening Concepts of Morality The novel The Awakening of which the author is Kate Chopin drags its readers down into a poor mentality The reader is shown how morals are scarcely used in common ordinance by Mrs Pontellier The reader is thrown from one incident of insubordination in a quarrel with Mr Pontellier into her neglect for her children and then is heaved into Mrs Pontelliers obsessive nature as an adulteress Any insight into Mrs Pontelliers too-free-spirited nature would have ones insides turn opposite of Gods Will From the beginning of the book the reader sees that Mrs Pontellier is irrational self-obsessed and perhaps intolerable This image is brought on by her insistent attitude that she must have everything in the manner that she desires Her insubordination in this society would have the denizens of the time returning quite spiteful glances at Mrs Pontellier A quote to help one picture the ill-willed persistence carried by Mrs Pontellier was mentioned when the book summarizes her emotions She perceived that her will had blazed up stubborn and resistant She could not at that moment have done other than denied and resisted P31 Her insistent attitude also made her self-righteous and neglectful of other persons In other ways Mrs Pontelliers morality led to a dreadful deceit of her own children Her self-righteous mindset was damaging to her childrens vitality The ways that she treated the children were full of neglect As in a certain night Mr Pontellier returned home from work to find that one of his children had a fever Mrs Pontellier refused to look at the child because she stated that He had gone to bed perfectly well and nothing had ailed him all day P5 Mr Pontellier knew that his child had a fever but could do nothing about it and was left to ponder that his wife was a habitual neglecter of their children He told her this and
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