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To Be Free Or To Be Dead

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The late nineteenth century was changing time in American history. The United States of America was the number one industrial nation and a new wave of imperialism had begun. In this time, women are still not equal to men and are expected to live a certain way. Upper class women at this time were expected to be domestic. More than half a century later, the 1950’s, American culture was rapidly transforming. Pop culture was drastically changing, as rock music becomes popular, television shows becoming widespread, and the best actors ever known in this time. The fifties were a time of happiness and fun, especially for the average American teenager. The name teenagers was formed in this time ...view middle of the document...

Both are trapped in places they do not belong in. On Grand Isles Edna saw, “A certain light was beginning to dawn dimly within her”(Chopin 25), and realized what she wanted in life. Similar to Edna’s experience, Neil Perry experienced his “awakening” in his English class taught by his unorthodox teacher, Mr. Keating. Mr. Keating took the boys outside and told them to, “find your own walk”, which influenced Neil to be himself. Neil and Edna develop their mindset on what they should be doing in their lives. They both pursuit what they want to do after these experiences. Their realizations were not something random. They were affected by the people around them. Edna’s main influence, Ms. Reisz, encourages her to, “possess the courageous soul” (Chopin 106), in order to be a successful artist. Similar to M. Reisz, is the English teacher Mr. Keating. On the first day of school, Mr. Keating took the boys into a hall with trophy cases and said to them, “carpe diem”, which means seize the day. Mr. Keating’s nonconformist teaching helped the boys, especially Neil, to do what they love. Ms. Reisz and Mr. Keating guide Edna and Neil through their realizations. Edna and Neil share the help from others in their awakening. Although the two main characters may have a lot in common, they remain two completely different individuals.
Edna Pontellier is a woman who lives in the late 19th century while Neil Perry is young boy growing up in the 1950’s. Their setting and physical traits are the obvious differences, however there personal differences. Edna has a passion for painting and wants to pursue a career as an artist....

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