Fashion in Kate Chopins "The Awakening"

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GRIN Verlag, 2007 - 56 pages
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, Note: 2,0, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt am Main (Institut fur England- und Amerikastudien), Veranstaltung: Weibliche Subjektivitat im Roman des 19. Jahrhunderts, 7 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Jahrhunderte lang bekleideten sich die Menschen zum Schutz vor Kalte, Hitze oder ahnlichen Umwelteinflussen. Als man aber nicht mehr langer Barenfelle trug und man mehrere verschiedene Garderoben zum Wechseln besass, bemerkte man recht schnell, dass die Kleidung weitaus mehr zu bieten hatte als den rein funktionalen Schutzaspekt. Man konnte nun auch Gefuhle und innere Stimmungen unausgesprochen ausdrucken und dies ist bis heute so geblieben. Nach wie vor tragt man in unserer Kultur Schwarz bei Trauerfallen, Weiss bei Hochzeiten oder elegante, luxuriose Kleidung zu festlichen Anlassen. Heute ist es jedoch zudem moglich, offen seine Gefuhle zu aussern, ohne dies subtil uber die Kleidung tun zu mussen. Es gibt bei weitem keine so strengen Konventionen mehr wie im 19. Jahrhundert, die die angemessene Kleidung vorschreiben. Im 19. Jahrhundert war es vor allem fur die Frau noch schwierig, ihre Gefuhle und Einstellungen auf direktem Weg zu aussern, sofern sie nicht dem traditionellen Rollenbild entsprachen. Aus diesem Grund musste die Frau eine passende Moglichkeit finden, dies versteckt zu tun. Mit der Wahl der Farbe und der Art ihrer Garderobe konnte die Frau ihrer Umwelt mitteilen, in welcher seelischen Verfassung sie sich befand. Edna Pontellier ist eine dieser Frauen. In Kate Chopins The Awakening findet sich neben verschiedenen anderen Bildern wie die Vogel, das Meer oder die Musik, die Kleidung als eine zentrale Metapher im Verstandnis von Edna Pontelliers Erwachen. Die Kleidung und das Ablegen dergleichen haben einen stark symbolischen Charakter, da mit der Beschreibung von Ednas Kleidung ihre Gefuhle und ihre allmahliche Veranderung auf subtilem Weg uberm

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Page 22 - I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn't give myself. I can't make it more clear; it's only something which I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me.
Page 17 - She was growing a little stout, but it did not seem to detract an iota from the grace of every step, pose, gesture. One would not have wanted her white neck a mite less full or her beautiful arms more slender. Never were hands more exquisite than hers, and it was a joy to look at them when she threaded her needle or adjusted her gold thimble to her taper middle finger as she sewed away on the little night-drawers or fashioned a bodice or a bib.
Page 17 - ... the regal woman, the one who rules, who looks on, who stands alone. But as she sat there amid her guests, she felt the old ennui overtaking her, the hopelessness which so often assailed her, which came upon her like an obsession, like something extraneous, independent of volition. It was something which announced itself; a chill breath that seemed to issue from some vast cavern wherein discords wailed. There came over her the acute longing which always summoned into her spiritual vision the presence...
Page 16 - The golden shimmer of Edna's satin gown spread in rich folds on either side of her. There was a soft fall of lace encircling her shoulders. It was the color of her skin, without the glow, the myriad living tints that one may sometimes discover in vibrant flesh. There was something in her attitude, in her whole appearance when she leaned her head against the high-backed chair and spread her arms, which suggested the regal woman, the one...
Page 15 - How luxurious it felt to rest thus in a strange, quaint bed, with its sweet country odor of laurel lingering about the sheets and mattress! She stretched her strong limbs that ached a little. She ran her fingers through her loosened hair for a while. She looked at her round arms as she held them straight up and rubbed them one after the other, observing closely, as if it were something she saw for the first time, the fine, firm quality and texture of her flesh.
Page 17 - She had brought the pattern of the drawers for Mrs. Pontellier to cut out — a marvel of construction, fashioned to enclose a baby's body so effectually that only two small eyes might look out from the garment, like an Eskimo's.
Page 16 - ... she caused to be transported to the other house, supplying simple and meager deficiencies from her own resources. Arobin found her with rolled sleeves, working in company with the house-maid when he looked in during the afternoon. She was splendid and robust, and had never appeared handsomer than in the old blue gown, with a red silk handkerchief knotted at random around her head to protect her hair from the dust. She was mounted upon a high step-ladder, unhooking a picture from the wall when...
Page 20 - That summer at Grand Isle she began to loosen a little the mantle of reserve that had always enveloped her. There may have been — there must have been — influences, both subtle and apparent, working in their several ways to induce her to do this; but the most obvious was the influence of Adele Ratignolle. The excessive physical charm of the Creole had first attracted her, for Edna had a sensuous susceptibility...
Page 22 - Leonce and the children. They were a part of her life. But they need not have thought that they could possess her, body and soul. How Mademoiselle Reisz would have laughed, perhaps sneered, if she knew! 'And you call yourself an artist! What pretensions, Madame! The artist must possess the courageous soul that dares and defies.
Page 17 - ... a chill breath that seemed to issue from some vast cavern wherein discords wailed." Again she is "overtaken," "come upon," "overpowered"-but now the earlier "mist" and "shadows" have given way to the permanence of a "vast cavern" of solid rock. To an extraordinary degree the passage compresses the verbal elements that have troubled Edna: the abstraction, vagueness, passivity that...

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