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The Awakening by Kate Chopin
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Nov 25, 2008

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“When first published in 1899, The Awakening shocked readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity”.

In my opinion, the description of “female marital infidelity” may have been depicted as the norm in today’s society, where it wasn’t considered to be as appalling compared to the past. In this century, it is actually okay to be divorced once or multiple times; however, when it comes to dealing with the status of religion, marriage is viewed as being faithful and this prolong love term between two couples.

Edna would be characterized as a women who was courageous, keen, and an outspoken character. The author, Kate Chopin, purposely created Edna to symbolize that women too can have their own “FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION”. This seems to be the main point out of this novel, including Edna’s process of “Awakening”. This character goes through various of emotions that would conflict with her marriage, but at the same time she learns the development of self-discovery. She may not even know at some point of the consequences of her actions till the very end of the novel. I believed Edna just realized she can alternate her lifestyle just by divorcing from her husband, but it takes courage during that time period to revolt against the Creole’s religion procedure of marriage.

I concur with Lisa H.’s statement in which “there is a time in every person's life when they realize how to truly live through all of life's obstacles”. This reflects upon Edna’s role in just being the mother figure of her children and the wife of Leonce. Although, Edna may portray her family to be an obstacle toward her life, but still, at the same time, have to live through her life in being discontent about her marriage lifestyle.
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