Differences between Edna Pontellier in "The Awakening" and Janie Mae Crawford in "Their Eyes Were Watching God"?I just want to know what major differences and similarities you guys can find about...

Differences between Edna Pontellier in "The Awakening" and Janie Mae Crawford in "Their Eyes Were Watching God"?

I just want to know what major differences and similarities you guys can find about the main characters from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Hurston and The Awakening by Chopin.

I have a few for each, but I'm having trouble finding any more...anybody willing to help me out?

**Side note, for Hurston's novel, I have not finished yet. I am at chapter 15, so if you know about where in the story that is, could you take care to not mention anything that i wouldnt know yet? Thank you!**

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Good question!  Here are some possibilities to consider:

Edna is white; Janie is black.

Edna is wealthy; Janie is poor.

Edna is married to one man throughout the book; Janie is married to several in succession.

Edna is happily married, at least in the usual senses of the word; her husband is a good provider and is not abusive. Janie never really seems happy with either of her first two marriages; only when she meets Tea Cake does she seem especially content, and even he abuses her to some degree.

Edna, at the end of The Awakening, seems to have committed suicide, and some readers consider her death a sign of her weakness and confusion.  Janie, at the end of Their Eyes, seems a strong and resourceful survivor.

Some readers would consider Edna a signficantly weaker character than Janie in many respects, even though Edna's life is far more privileged than Janie's.

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