Kate Chopin The Awakening Analysis

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The Awakening and Selected Short Stories: The Awakening “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin may be a novel regarding feminism as she writes about women and their positions in society. Drawing on her own origins, Chopin utilizes familiar themes and surroundings as she grew up in New Orleans and like the Pontillier family, also vacationed in Grand Isle during the summer. The Awakening touches on the rawness and controversy women experience regarding patriarchy. Edna, the protagonist, reaches a point in her life where she begins to contemplate her fate and tries achieving self-actualization. She rebels against the boring lavish lifestyle her husband has provided her by avoiding the daily responsibilities as a housewife. She longs for sensuality and excitement which her husband could not provide, and experiments with fine arts such as music and painting. As a result, she feels torn and with raw emotions decides to leave her husband Leonce and their two young boys, Etienne and Raoul. We will analyze the role Leonce and the children played throughout Edna's internal struggles and see if this impacted her fate. Chopin is suggesting that Edna’s family and lifestyle had affected her by…show more content…
Perhaps feeling a little threatened by his wife’s empowerment. He tells the doctor his wife is behaving peculiarly, that she is tramping about by herself, has abandoned some of her duties, and is coming in after dark. Dr. Mandelet questions Leonce and inquires if Edna had been associating with the circle of pseudo-intellectual women which may be construed as a group affiliated with the suffragettes and first wave feminism. Dr. Mandelet then suggests for Leonce to allow her to attend her sister’s wedding so she can be around her kind and to leave her be and that she would come around if he gave her space and time (Chopin
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