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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)


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


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


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


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


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

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