Society's Expectations

Society's Expectations

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Storyboard Description

This comic tells the story of Edna, a nineteenth century mother who feels as though she does not fit into the standards of her society. It is based on the novel "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin.

Storyboard Text

  • I'm Edna Pontellier and I am spending the summer in Grand Isle with my family!   I don't feel like I belong, but I'm going to try and make the most of it!
  • This is Robert, and he is my best friend here in Grand Isle.  I think I am beginning to have feelings for him, but that's impossible because I'm married!  That's unacceptable!  I better forget about these feelings ASAP!
  • This is Madame Ratignolle, an amazing mother to her children.  She is beautiful in every way, and fits the standards of what a woman should be.  I wish that I could be more like her!
  • We love you, Mom!
  • Wow!  Swimming makes me feel so free!  I wish that I could feel this way all the time, but my society causes me to feel weak and small compared to men.  I've never felt this way before, and I could get used to this!
  • Robert left, and now, we are back home.  I am so happy to be free of all those people who made me feel as though I didn't fit in.   They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.  I have no purpose anymore. 
  • I can't do this anymore.  Society's expectations have become too much for me to handle.  I love you all, goodbye.
  • Goodbye...
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