Eve and Her Beings: A Chopin-Brainard Simulation


This study investigates the characteristics of Eve reinvented in Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard’s "Magdalena" and Kate Chopin’s "The Awakening" through the signification of three elements: language, characterization, and theme. ​Supporting the assumption are the literary theories of mimesis , formalism and feminism. ​The method utilized in this study is discourse analysis. Findings 1. Both novels portray the attributes of Eve through the characters of Magdalena and Esther. The language of both characters also echoes the inner psyche of the woman in the garden of Eden. 2. The characters are developed by way of allowing each to depict certain clamors of women in society . The narrator, the main characters and the secondary characters all contribute to the act of defining the primary roles sought to be closely built in the novels: Magdalena and Esther. 3. It is emphasized at the end the relevance of breaking free to counter the social constructs of society that inhibit women from becoming what they intend to do. Conclusion ​From the findings , the conclusion is thus attained that Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard’s Magdalena and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening reinvent Eve in the modern society. Recommendations ​Based on the findings and conclusion the following recommendations are given : 1. that women characters be carefully studied by literary scholars to understand the extent of women empowerment in th

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Rhodora Magan, Cebu Technological University, Philippines

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Conference: LibrAsia2015
Stream: Literature - Comparative Literature

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