Sexual Themes in “The Awakening” and “The Jade Peony”

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Sexual Themes in "The Awakening" and "The Jade Peony"
Edna Pontellier, in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, and Jung Sum and Meiying in Wayson Choy’s The Jade Peony, all grapple with conflicts that have something to do with sexuality. Compare and contrast the nature of these sexual conflicts: to what extent are these characters able to resolve these sexual conflicts? Explain. Make an argument.
Edna Pontellier in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, and Jung Sum and Meiying in Wayson Choy’s The Jade Peony, all grapple with conflicts that have something to do with sexuality. In all cases, the characters are largely consumed by these conflicts, and the conflicts are never satisfactorily resolved. Moreover, for at least two of these characters, the sexual...
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Thus, all three of these characters deal with sexual conflicts that have much in common. In particular, Jung-Sum and Edna are remarkably similar, in that both are victims of the prejudices and constraints of their society. However, Jung-Sum seems to have some hope of resolving the conflict, whereas Edna is destroyed. Meiying is also destroyed by the prejudices of her society. Thus, all three are innocent victims of prejudice, hatred, sexism or racism.
Bibliography
Chopin, Kate. The Awakening.
Choy, Wayson. The Jade Peony. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1995.
Khoo, Tseen. "12 "Angry Yellow Men"." Asian Masculinities: The Meaning and Practice of Manhood in China and Japan. Ed. Kam Louie and Morris Low. New York: Routledge, 2003: 220-243.