Q: How old is Edna Pontellier? Was she involved in any other historically significant happenings of her time? The description, or rather the position of Mademoiselle Reisz shows 'the old patriarchal prejudice that rejects women without men as anomalies' Giorcelli, Kate Chopin's biography should, first of all, give an overview of the author's life.
The social practice actually began in France in the 17th century. First 'she did shout for joy, as with a sweeping stroke or two she lifted her body to the surface of the water' and 'grew daring and reckless, overestimating her strength. Each decision that Edna Pontellier makes throughout the novel is done quietly, suddenly.
Her liberation from social conventions, suppression and restrictions in the setting of conservative Southern Catholic society makes her suicide inevitable as there is no other way to break out of the social boundaries that were present in almost every domain of life. Kate Chopin International Society.
Even though Mademoiselle Reisz has achieved independence and individuality in this society, Edna cannot take a similar position in society, as she is married and has children.
This reputation is partly responsible for her 'being ignored as one of America's finest fictional writers' Carey,7. One of the main issues that nineteenth century readers had with the novel was the idea of a woman abandoning her duties as a wife and mother.
Antiquarian book sites vary, but even these number rarely more than three at any given time. Kate Chopin. The closing chapter in the recent Cambridge Companion to Kate Chopin describes the full range of ideas people have found in the novel since its publication.