What are some of the feminist elements of the novel?

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Edna's character has many feminist characteristics. Her apparent lack of mothering skills, her less than besotted attitude toward her husband, and her general dissatisfaction with the role of women in her social set. Edna takes little steps to assert her personal freedom. She refuses to check on her son...

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Edna's character has many feminist characteristics. Her apparent lack of mothering skills, her less than besotted attitude toward her husband, and her general dissatisfaction with the role of women in her social set.
Edna takes little steps to assert her personal freedom. She refuses to check on her son when Leonce asks her to, to come inside, to listen to his stories.
The fact that she moves out of her comfortable home, refuses to accept callers, leaves her children, and takes a lover all show her unwillingness to stay within the male driven roles. Even her ultimate decision illustrates her need to control her own destiny.

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There are many feminist elements of the novel "The Awakening." A woman's role is not, Edna figures out, as a mother and a wife, but something more. She is restless for more. Léonce's opinion is that Edna, and all women, should just be wives and mothers, and he chastises Edna for what he sees as her lack of mothering skills. The awakening, is titled so as a reference to the awakening Edna does to her own life and position in society, realizing that she does not want to be just a wife and a mother.

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