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‘I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn't give myself.’
Heralded as one of the first instances of feminist literature and rejected at its time of publication by the literary set on grounds of moral distaste, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening caused consternation in 1899.
Constrained and confined by the limitations surrounding marriage and motherhood in the late 1800s, Edna Pontellier begins to challenge the notion of femininity through her thoughts and actions. Questioning her love for her husband, and opening herself up to the possibilities of other men and a life outside of societal convention leads to a gradual awakening of her desires.
Chopin’s fascinating exploration of one woman challenging the expectation that surrounds her is powerful, daring and ultimately tragic in its conclusions....Continua
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 some reservations about the ending, of an otherwise "perfect" story.
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