The Awakening, written by American novelist Kate Chopin, revolves around a young wife and mother, Edna Pontellier, who grapples with her burgeoning awareness of self in late 19th century Louisiana. Through a series of encounters with fellow women and a select assortment of men, she finds herself questioning the entirety of her existence at a time when thinking outside the box was something of an anomaly.
Chopin herself explored the theme of feminism in a most pioneering manner, a fact which makes the puissance of the story all the more detectable. Through vivid imagery and remarkably thorough character development and analysis, The Awakening is a portal to another world, another time; serving as a stirring glimpse into one woman's evolution of spirit and the subsequent unraveling of her foundations.
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Suggested to me by a friend's research in literature, I found the book to be both surprising and yet represents the struggle women continue to have with identity and self actualization. At times I was right with her, and at other times I was saddened by her choices. Reading this book, can help you understand why women choose as they do.
A neglected wife engages in a flirtation while on holiday with her family and realizes she can't go on with her loveless marriage. For a woman of the Victorian era, leaving a husband and children to pursue your own happiness was unthinkable and the woman who tried would be a social outcast.
Chopin's prose reflects the ennui of Edna's life. It is only with Robert that she truly feels like the woman she should be. Unfortunately, Robert is not willing to throw current mores to the wind and returns to Mexico, leaving Edna to brave the social tidal wave alone.
A rather bittersweet ending; freedom comes with its price and Edna has gone too far to return to her gilded cage. A gem from a time when women were property and their identity revolved around their spouse and household.
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