female characters in Chopins Awakening

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Lauren Valva Prof. Principe WMS 274 April 7,2000 The Struggle to Be a Womyn “Every step which she took toward relieving herself from obligations added to her strength and expansion as an individual” (93) The Awakening by Kate Chopin introduces the reader to the life of Edna Pontellier, a woman with an independent nature, searching for her true identity in a patriarchal society that expects women to be nothing more than devoted wives and nurturing mothers. In this …

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