In chapter IV, Chopin writes that "In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman." She then provides of us a brief description of the mother-women at Grand Isle
. We are then introduced in somewhat more detail to the figure of Madame Ratignolle, "the embodiment of every womanly grace and charm." Use this chapter as a mean of discussing to what degree Chopin critiques marriage, motherhood, and the social expectations for women during the time in which the novel is set. Does she find any redeeming value in these roles, or does she view them primarily as social institutions that limit women's freedom and power?
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