In the Nineteenth-century women faced many challenges; they were expected “to live their lives largely homebound, taking care of the cooking, cleaning, and child rearing.”(4) In the 1899 novel by Kate Chopin, The Awakening, consists of contrasting 19th century women who question their roles in society and also go to great lengths to oppose the hardships thrown at them as opposed to the other women. The novel was set in a time were women were considered property of their husbands. Which left the women to have no say so in any conversation, and had to follow whatever their husband commanded of them.The Awakening is a story that shows the life of Mrs. Edna Pontellier, a woman that is caught between what she wants and the society expects her to be. At the beginning she is just your typical loving housewife, or as you may think she truly is a woman that wants to free herself from the “true” ideals of a “mother-women”(10) in her community. Edna was a wife to Mr. Leonce Pontellier for six years and has two dashing boys. Her husband is a business man that takes care of all the financial costs and makes sure that his family is safe, while Edna is supposed to keep the house tidy, cook, and make sure that the kids are taken care of. The tasks that Edna was expected to do did not give her satisfaction, she did not want to be just a “mother-women” she wanted to be free to do as she pleased.The expectation of a woman in the nineteenth-century had a big impact on women opportunities to be educated. But if they did have education and it was “finished” they believed that the education they had learned took away the knowledge they needed to know to be a housewife. Due to them not having to go into the workforce, all that they need to know what to cook, clean, take care of her children, and how do please her husband. Which relates to The Awakening when Adele’s husband says “A Creole husband is never jealous because the fidelity instilled in Creole women from birth ensures that a man’s possession of his wife will never be challenged” (5). Furthermore, at a young age a woman is groomed to become submissive to their husbands,and their responsibilities in a household. Also “women in the nineteenth-century were considered week not only physically, but also mentally”(1). Therefore they were expected to carry out domestic rules such as cooking, cleaning, taking care of the children, and being submissive to their husbands. Adele Ratignolle was a semi perfect representation of a nineteenth-century women. She “idolizes her children and worships her husband, centering her life around caring for them and performing her domestic duties.”(8) But most of all she is the ideal Creole wife and also has Creole Manners, which consists of following very strict codes defined by religion. So with the rules being so tough a certain amount of freedom of expression is expected. A Creole lady can talk openly about affairs, pregnancy, and undergarments and all the intimacies of life is expected. Mrs. Pontellier would spend her summers at the Grand Isle with her children, like she does every year. But this time it was different, she had met a man named Robert Lebrun and While she was learning how to swim it gave her a source of independence and she liked it which made her realize that the life she is living is not the one she wants. As her trip progresses and Robert leaves for Mexico she comes into contact with another man, but the feelings are not the same. These activities she is doing with these men are frowned upon by society and if this was done two centuries before she would have been shamed by everyone just like in the Scarlet letter, Hester Prynne had an affair with the minister and was made to wear a big red A on her shirt so everyone would know what she had done, and the A stood for Adultery. So she is lucky that she was not in that time because she would have been considered an outcast.Before a women would marry she would be advised not to marry for the wrong reason, and they would also tell you need to pick the sensible choice of love. They thought that marrying for love would not go good with a young womens ideas. Which would lead a woman to an unhappy marriage and an unhappy life, which would make her family suffer. But the advisors believed that if a woman marries sensible instead of for love that she would be a better wife and would have no trouble performing her duties.Therefor, Edna is a romantic sunk in a loveless marriage that she believes will end all the passion in her life. She is just bored with her life, and with being exposed the life of a Creole lady she is starting to see how restrained she is. So Edna goes against the expectations that were set for her and it is clear she has failed to care for her children throughout the novel. She can only see them as an inconvenience because they hold her back from her freedom. But she does care for her children it is shown in the conversation Edna and Adele have in chapter 16, when Edna says “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.”(5) She reveals that she would give her life for them, but she is not willing to give up herself because her identity is everything. Because she is not the person that wants to devote herself to her family she wants to be free and do as she please. But in society that was not possible women should have pride in their children and should be devoted to their housework. Which was a pretty good skill to have if you were looking for a husband because they believed that a woman should be trained and be perfect. Because they would not want a wife that would not compliment them, they want one that will raise him up and support his credit. They would want someone to look after their affairs and prepare their children for their station in the world. So as long a the household was managed by the husband and the wife practiced submission and purity all was as it should be. But if the wife was no familiar on how to manage a family, she would be persuaded to consult authorities such as an advisor. But what if you were like the lady in black? She was a widow and was a great example of what a women whose husband had died was like. After his death she had started to withdraw from her life and from her passion because of the respect she had for her husband’s death. Which shows that one’s a woman loses her husband she does not know what to do with herself, because of ho much she relied on her husband. Also, what if you did not reach the standards for a man? Like Mademoiselle Reisz who was described as a very ugly women who lived alone. But is often called upon to play the piano so that she could entertain the other gest at the Grand Isle. She was was a prue example of a self independent women, which was rarely seen. Since Chopin’s book was based of of the ideal norms for the women in the nineteenth-century. By showing the roles for a women and how they were supposed to marry a suitable man. As stated before a young woman is groomed for marriage they learn to singing, playing an instrument, and foreign languages. They are not supposed to be independent they are supposed to rely on their husbands. But Chopin had another idea, she wanted to write a novel supporting the actions, emotions of a sexualy aware and independant female. Which was not favorable for the public, because it was shedding light on the way other women feel and some may become independent themselves.When Edna died, “The Awakening is still recognized as a controversial novel.”(8) Which left Chopin the believe that her novel was a bust. Because the novel was set in between the nineteenth-century and the social struggles in society. Also, the novel was dealing with the questionable theme of sexual awareness at the time. Chopin’s novel was not a hit until the 1970’s when women’s rights were coming into play. So due to the controversy over Chopin’s book it made people question society’s belief of what was right. So in conclusion, you can see that Nineteenth-century women were quite different from the women in Chopin’s novel.