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Preview — The Awakening and Selected Stories by Kate Chopin
The Awakening and Selected Stories
A chronology of the author's life and work
A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context
An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations
Detailed explanatory notes
Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern pers...more
Some of the one star reviews puzzle me, not because people disliked the book, which would be perfectly reasonable, but because some people suggest Edna could’ve just gotten a divorce and solved her problem that way. That she was a selfish “ ...more
The feminist themes are there, no doubt, but I don't think that Chopin intended it to be used as an example of what a woman in a similar situation should do.
The Awakening is a story of a woman who feels bound and oppressed by her marriage and by motherhood. This stuff was never for her and s ...more
The story is about Mrs. Edna Pontellier, a Kentucky girl married to Leonce, a New Orleans Creole. One summer, When she is twenty-eight, something inside her starts to shift. She's not fully aware of what's happening, but she knows she feels different. Gradually she stops obeying social convention ...more
To posit Edna Pontellier as a ‘mother-woman’ on the verge of going through minute yet slyly rapturous, if harrowing, changes from within which would ultimately coalesce in ...more
This was an interesting read, made more so by understanding the era in which it was written (late 1800s) and that women back then didn't have the right to be as autonomous as they are in today's world. Edna is ...more
However, as the protagonist came more to life so too did the book. I found Edna both more interesting and more sympathetic as the book progressed.
Chopin's style was interesting, too- sometimes lushly descriptive, sometimes spare- and generally quite Modernist in tone.
I can see why some people loathe this book: there isn't much in the way of external action, an ...more
I also understood it differently. It seemed less like the standard narrative of a woman rebelling against her social situation and marriage (though there is obviously that), in other words, less like Madame Bovary and A Doll's House, and more like a Virginia Woolf novel in which a uni ...more
I took off a star for the short ...more
Dismally short, The Awakening entwines it's quiet mist of anxiety around our hearts when we first meet Mrs. Edna Pontieller. A beautiful, twenty-eight year old, she is adored by many, but a romantic cast-off of her husband (good thing there were so many cuties around). When she begins with some art, just a little dabble and taste, Edna's senses are becoming steadily and creepily wild. Nature and her seductive caresses are pulling at her heart and body, and this time, she does not refuse.
I rate the stories 5, The Awakening 4, and the Rachel Adams stuff 1.
The stories were a real find for me, and I rate some of them among the best I've ever read. There are many 500 page novels that contain less to think about than some of these shorts, which is OK if they ...more
1. The Awakening
2. Beyond the Bayou
3. Ma'ame Pélagie
4. Desiree's Baby
5. A Respectable Woman
6. The Kiss
7. A Pair of Silk Stockings
8. The Locket
9. A Reflection
The awakening approaches the realization of the female sexuality. The story takes place during the late 1800s in Grand Isle, a summer resort for the wealthy in New Orleans. Edna Pontellier, who is a painter, is vacationing wit ...more
I agree that it's old hat in terms of the woman-awakening-to-selfhood theme, but I liked it because of that - a pioneering piece of work whose contemporary unpopularity validates the point it's making. There was a general agreement that the men were not presented unsympathetically (and I w ...more
Are you kidding me?
I immediately ceased reading the prologue and went right to the story, but the damage was done. I knew the ending, and I couldn't u ...more
I don’t know wh ...more
This book was well written for it's time especially because sh ...more
It was interesting to read this after Henry James' Daisy Miller... (view sp ...more
I don't understand the ending does this just mean she's fucked? Because she just goes into the ocean but she's not ready because she's not self-actualized so she's going to metaphorically drown? And no one understands her?
I'm no unresolved like does Robert love her or not??? I kind of suspected that he wouldn't love her anymore because she's changed so much but at least give me some solid resolution with that don't let me go on having hope that it could hav ...more