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"By All the Codes which I Am Acquainted with, I Am a Devilishly Wicked Specimen of the Sex": The Individual/Culture Conflict in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening
Karlstad University, Division for Culture and Communication.
2005 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

At the turn of the 19th century, ideas promoting women’s rights were sweeping across America. During that time Kate Chopin’s The Awakening was published, portraying a young woman, Edna Pontellier, who after several years of emotional unfullfilment in her marriage questions her place as a woman in her marriage as well in society. Edna’s Presbyterian Kentuckian upbringing is in opposition to Catholic Creole society that her husband belongs to. Creole society, at that time, was governed by its unwritten social codes, which were especially clear on issues concerning women’s traditional roles in society in connection to marriage and social duties. In this essay I present how Edna’s emotional awakening and her struggle to achieve independence are in conflict with the cultural norms that exist in Creole society. Also, I argue that the reason why Edna fails in her search for individual freedom is because her awakening is emotional and not intellectual; she lacks knowledge and cannot perceive herself beyond the conventions that limit and oppress her. Additionally, Edna cannot find guidance in any of the other women because they all act within the frames of the role they are playing.

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2005. , p. 18
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Kate Chopin, The Awakening, social codes, Creole
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-12OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-12DiVA, id: diva2:5012
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