The Awakening

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Chapter Analysis

At the start of The Awakening — originally titled A Solitary Soul — Edna Pontellier is a staid and obedient wife and mother. Over the course of 39 chapters, Edna discovers solitude, self-determination, and sex — all of which help her define herself as a person independent of her role as wife and mother. As the plot unfolds to its devastating conclusion, consider: in what ways — both subtle and unsubtle — does Chopin detail the birth and "awakening" of Edna's "self"? What does the novel suggest about the primacy of the self? And what is the significance of Chopin ending the novel as she does?

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General Analysis

The Awakening — among the best-known American proto-feminist novels — invited sharp male censure when it debuted in 1899. In what way did Edna Pontellier represent a terrifying vision of social upheaval in the last year of the 19th century? How might we define Edna's "awakening," and in what ways does her "awakening" make her a tragic or prescient figure? In what ways does Chopin's novel — which privileges female independence, self-determination, and solitude — remain timely today, and in what ways can it be considered outdated?

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