School English Class

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There are two gun-toting women on the run from the law. A woman artist who prefers solitude so that she can work. What can these two stories possibly have in common? They are both stories of women's transformation--women discovering who they are and exploring their full potential without the help (or even consent) of their men.

The differences between Kate Chopin's novel "The Awakening" and Ridley Scott's film Thelma and Louise are obvious. The former is the story of one woman, desperately in love with a man who is not her husband. The romantic element of the "ideal man" (or perhaps I should write "the idealized man") is absent from Thelma and Louise. In fact, most of the men in this film are obviously... View More »

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In Edna's case, it is her swimming experiences with Robert, and falling in love with him, effects the change. In Thelma and Louise, it is not love which effects the change, but rather sexual violence. A man Thelma meets in a bar attempts to rape her and Louise shoots him, and the two women spend the remainder of the film running from the law.

In both the novel and the film there is a sexual awakening which happens along with, and as a result of, the spiritual/emotional awakening. Edna takes the roguish and handsome Alcee Arobin, who she does not love, as a lover; while Thelma takes the equally roguish and handsome J.D. (played by Brad Pitt), who she also does not love. In both cases the affairs are purely sexual (sans sentiment). However, understanding goes along with the sexual experiences. Chopin describes Edna as feeling "as if a mist had been lifted from her eyes, enabling her to look upon and comprehend the significance of life, that monster made up of beauty and brutality. But among the conflicting sensations which assailed her, there was neither shame, nor remorse" (Chopin, 2011).

Thelma "finally understands what all the fuss is about," and Louise congratulated her for finally having "gotten laid properly." Other than the language which reflects the time periods in which the stories were written, the scenes are almost identical.

Also, it is right before the sexual awakenings that both women, Edna and Thelma, make significant breaks from their husbands. Edna moves into the "pigeon house" (so called because the servants think that it is about that size) ...

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