I am having a difficult time; In "The Awakening, I am being asked to compare and contrast Edna and Madame Ratignolle;Basically, to see how Edna and Madame Ratignolle are different and similar. I...

I am having a difficult time; In "The Awakening, I am being asked to compare and contrast Edna and Madame Ratignolle;

Basically, to see how Edna and Madame Ratignolle are different and similar. I need some serious help I am sufferring from writers block

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In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Madame Ratignolle is very different than Edna in that she is an example of a mother-woman. Everything she does she executes with her children in mind. She is the quintessential mother and wife of the era. Edna, on the other hand, does not live for her children. While she loves them, she is not willing to give up her self -- the essence of who she is -- for her kids. The characters are also different in their approaches to art. Adelle Ratignolle is crafty. She is always knitting or otherwise making clothes for her children. She also plays the piano, but only because it creates a pleasant atmosphere for the kids. Edna, on the other hand, is striving to become a painter, not for her children's sake, but because painting makes her happy.

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