Today I’d like to present you a passage from the one American novel which has been written by the end of 19th century and first revealed problematic issues women struggled with in the society at that time, such as vain attempts to reconcile their desires for freedom with the maternal duties and prevailing social attitudes.
The novel was very controversial for its time, is very easy to read and make you think.
Despite there is a long time ago the novel was first published, its notion of the conflict between an individual and society remains an issue nowadays. Even though our society has become more acceptable to such individuals as Edna in “The Awakening”, but individuals still frequently find themselves under the pressure of societal expectations. So the novel has lived on until today and remains worth reading and contemplating afterwards. Enjoy two short passages that I chose for you and myself, but if you feel like reading more of it, you can download a book on the web.
“The trouble is <…> that youth is given up to illusions. It seems to be a provision of Nature; a decoy to secure mothers for the race. And Nature takes no account of moral consequences, of arbitrary conditions which we create, and which we feel obliged to maintain at any cost.”<…> “The years that are gone seem like dreams—if one might go on sleeping and dreaming—but to wake up and find—oh! well! Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.” [P. 117].
And another one. There is a point in there:
“The way to become rich is to make money <…>, not to save it.” [P. 58].
“The Awakening” by Kate Chopin (c)