Film Analysis: The Awakening

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The Awakening, written by Kate Chopin, talks about how the protagonist Edna Pontellier awakes from her marriage and seeks her freedom in marriage and life. The novel ends with Edna’s suicide. Edna is a normal wife in New Orleans who is dissatisfied with her marriage and tries to escape from her current situation. Her awakenings include an emotional awakening caused by the Robert Lebrun, the lover of Edna, and an intellectual awakening led by Mademosielle Reisz, the pianist who touches Edna’s inner world. The Stepford Wives is a horror movie showed in 1975 about Joanna Eberhart’s discovery of the mystery about Stepford wives after she moved to a little town called Stepford. Different from Edna, Joanna’s awakening is started from her inner world …show more content…
In the Awakening, at first, Edna stops at semi-conscious state, acting same as other mother women in New Orleans. She spent a great amount of time staying with Creole women and taking care of children. “It would have been a difficult matter for Mr. Pontellier to define to his own satisfaction or anyone else's wherein his wife failed in her duty toward their children…In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman. The mother-women seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle” (4.1-3). Leonce wants her to become a total mother woman, trying to control and repress her. In his mind, woman should stay at home, waiting for husband coming back and taking charge of children. Her Husband Mr. Pontellier is not satisfied with her. The disappointment and dissatisfaction of Leonce is the first factor drive Edna reconsidering her role in the family. Additionally, the meeting of Edna with Rober Lebrun is the symbol for the start of Edna’s awakening. At first, Edna and Lebrun’s relationship has an innocent start. When they exchange more about their inner though, they get closer, and the changes happen in internal revelation. “A certain light was beginning to dawn dimly within her, —the light which, showing the way, forbids it” (Chapter 6). Her awakening starts with her love to Lebrun. Until now, she begins to think her meaning of existence. Her emergent sexual desire shows that feminism is burgeoning in her inner world. Mademoiselle Reisz takes important role in Edna’s awakening. Mademoiselle Reisz act as spiritual advisor of Edna, knowing what she is thinking and encouraging her to follow her desire of love and life. While in the movie Stepford Wives, the factors of Joanna’s awakening are more dramatic. Different from Edna, Joanna has already started her thinking towards meaning of life and role in household when she moves to Stepford. Joanna’s When Bobbie