The True Meaning of Motherhood
Read the excerpt from Helen Watterson Moody’s “The True Meaning of Motherhood” from the May 1899 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal on D2L. If it’s safe to assume that this article, published in the same time period as the novel is set, is representative of how many women felt at the end of the 19th century, what does it say about Edna in The Awakening? Which mother is more aligned with the ideals of motherhood that Moody writes about? What kind of mother is Edna Pontellier? What sort of mother is Adele Ratignolle? Answer these questions in well-developed paragraphs and reply to your classmates’ posts as well. Refer to the Discussion Boards document under Read Me First for the criteria you should use to guide your responses.