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Comparing and Contrasting Hannah Crafts and Edna Pontellier

Throughout the years one has been searching for who they are, their identity. In both novels The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts and The Awakening by Kate Chopin both Crafts and Mrs. Pontiteller were looking for who they were. Religion, society, and friends played a major role in search for their identity. Although obstacles were put in front of them, in the end they continued with their identity and searching for their freedom. Crafts a slave had obstacles of how she was physically and mentally enslaved. For Crafts its was more difficult to discover herself, on the other hand Mrs. Pontellier at liberty to search for herself, couldn't because she was enslaved by society. She couldn't express how she felt, because society didn't see it as womanly like. Comparing and contrasting both the Bondwoman's Narrative and the Awakening, Craft is trying to escape physical and mental enslavement, as for Mrs. Pontellier tries to escape society, in order for both of them to discover.
Their paths were different from each other, but hey were both looking for their identity. Craft born as a slave and she described how she hate it when she says "I used to hate slavery born in a slave state, educated in a slave state, with slavery all the time before my eyes could see no beauties in the system."(BWN. pp.84). Crafts saw that she was physically enslaved but her mind wasn't She thought this is what she was a slave, and had to accept it no matter what. On the other hand, Mrs. Pontellier was enslaved by how society saw women who were married and had children. "As the devoted wife of a man who worshipped her, she felt she would take her place, with a certain dignity in the world of reality, closing the portals forever behind her upon the realm of romance and dreams."(A.pp.33). She had to give up what she believed in. Society saw women as a person who took care of their children and husband, as a devoted m…


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