The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom ...
she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class life are the themes of this now-classic novel. As Kaye Gibbons points out in her Introduction, Chopin "was writing American realism before most Americans could bear to hear that they were living it."This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition includes selected stories from Chopin's Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie.
Classic book, can't disappoint. One can only imagine how Edna Pontellier would look controversial in 1900 America, and not only then/there: Edna's thoughts about maternal love and dedication would stir quite a lot of people I know :-) I have only
..." only some reservations about the ending, of an otherwise "perfect" story.Continua...Nascondi
Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, is such a revolutionary book. It marks a significant epoch in the evolution of an American female literary tradition. From the protagonist, Edna, Chopin successfully reveals her ideas of revealing the situation
..." of wife, the experience of motherhood and the possibility of women’s pursuing of sexual happiness. In addition, Chopin examines the inspirational importance of Edna’s struggle between self-determinated freedom and destined female role. This touches upon Feminism’s discussion of marriage, motherhood and sexuality. Moreover, the implication, contained in The Awakening, of reshaping female nature is somehow promoting to awaken and lessen the unfairly female inequality.Continua...Nascondi