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Chopin has done well to show this battle in its entirety both the good and the bad and in doing so she highlights ...
on 3 March 2017
I feel rather mixed with this book, on the one hand I found Edna to be shallow, naive and selfish but on the other I admire her spirit and eventual determination to break free of the bonds she finds herself in. Chopin does show the restrictions and limiting expectations that were, and to some extent still are, placed on women by certain parts of society and how much of an emotional prison these can create. Yes Edna is far more privileged than many women of the time and she does ultimately make some very selfish decisions, which can be interpreted very negatively. But if you consider why she is in the situation she is in, with the expectation of Victorian society that ladies marry, have children and be the 'perfect' wife putting aside their own dreams, wants and desires (not to mention the fact they are not considered to be sexual beings), it leaves her with few options. And, for me, it is these limitations that mean Edna has no other way to rebel and has every right to be selfish. It is her only way to be herself and break free of her bonds. Chopin has done well to show this battle in its entirety both the good and the bad and in doing so she highlights how the choices left to women of the time epitomize being stuck between a rock and a hard place.