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Mp3 Culminating Project Part 2

Mp3 Culminating Project Part 2

Published on 30 March 2023
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Another piece of literature that radically expanded the value of individuality in American Society is Kate Chopin’s feminist novel “The Awakening.” After her husband commanded her to go inside, Enda Pontellier responded bluntly:
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“Leonce, go to bed. I mean to stay out here. I don’t wish to go in, and I don't intend to. Don’t speak to me like that again; I shall not answer you,” (Chopin 31).
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In modern society, this may not seem extreme but back then, this was a radical form of individualism, the idea that women had the same autonomy or authority as a man. This scene clearly shows how individuality has begun to affect women and that women have started to stand up to their husbands as an act of independence. It also is a great representation of American society at the time. Women are beginning to find their voice and are demanding the same individuality as a man instead of being an extension of their husband, which led to the women’s rights movement, a radical form of individualism for American society at the time.
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Edna standing up to Leonce isn’t the only example of individualism turned to feminism in the novel, since the morning after these events transpired, she orders a servant at Madame Leburns house to
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“Tell him [Robert] I am going to the Cheniere. The boat is ready, tell him to hurry,” (Chopin 33)
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Again, today this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for the readers in the late 19th century, this moment was important. Not only is Edna going somewhere without anyone's permission, but she is also telling someone to tell someone else to go with them. To compare, in the late 19th century, the ideal woman would marry, have children and worship her children and husband; however Edna contradicts this idea with a more extreme form of individualism by giving women more authority. This feminist novel most certainly reflects the evolution of Individualism by representing the ideal feminist during a time where the Modern Women’s rights movement was about to start.