The Awakening

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Female Identity

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Given the opening of Chapter 7, what is Chopin suggesting about female identity in the early 20th century?

Mrs. Pontellier was not a woman given to confidences, a characteristic hitherto contrary to her nature. Even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life - that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions. (Chopin, Chpt. 7)

A

Women's outside persona's were to fit with societal expectations and their personal thoughts agreed with society.

B

Women expressed concern about societal expectations to others, as well as reflected upon it themselves.

C

Women's outside persona's left no reason for them to question who they are as an individual.

D

Women were concerned about the box society put them in, but the societal role given to them was comfortable so they ignored their concerns.

E

Women's outside persona's were to fit with societal expectations, but their inside thoughts questioned what society forced upon them.