The Forward Motion

Examines how the female protagonist in “Antigone” and Edna of “The Awakening” use their female power to move forward through life’s difficult situations.

Both Antigone and The Awakening approach the concept of femininity in literature from different angles but are strikingly on the same accessible subject matter. Though written millennia apart, it is unavoidable in any analysis to see that each work is an assertion of the female power upon a given situation in life. It is the purpose of this paper to examine how each functions within their relative stories in this manner and how each moves forward throughout the story.