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The Awakening

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Early 20th Century Gender Dynamics

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He thought it was very discouraging that his wife, who was the sole object of his existence, evinced so little interest in things which concerned him, and valued so little his conversation (Chopin, Ch. 3).

What is ironic about the above quote about Mr. Pontellier, and what does it suggest about gender dynamics in the early 20th century?

A

Mr. Pontellier sees Edna as an object, but an object cannot take interest in a person. Men see women as objects.

B

Mr. Pontellier sees Edna as an object, but is encouraged that she may begin to see him on a deeper level. Men see women as objects.

C

Mr. Pontellier listened to Edna talk earlier when she came back from the beach, but now Edna will not take the time to listen to Mr. Pontellier. Men feel women are selfish.

D

Mr. Pontellier sees Edna as the most important thing in his life and places her on the same level as himself. Men want women to feel equal.

E

Mr. Pontellier does not spend the day taking time to converse with Edna, but instead chooses to hold important conversations with her at inconvenient times. Men do not take women's time into consideration when interacting with them.