The Awakening

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Lorelai Berry I believe it is a feminist text, because it questions gender roles. Sometimes what happens in the end isn't as important as what happens on the way.…moreI believe it is a feminist text, because it questions gender roles. Sometimes what happens in the end isn't as important as what happens on the way. This book is about the journey. (less)
Susan Coffey to paraphrase sparknotes, the "lady in black" represents widowhood, Edna is longing for independence and freedom, in Victorian times becoming a widow…moreto paraphrase sparknotes, the "lady in black" represents widowhood, Edna is longing for independence and freedom, in Victorian times becoming a widow was the only socially acceptable way of gaining independence via freedom from marriage. "The lovers" represent Edna and Robert and the life they may have had if circumstances were different, the lady in black is juxtaposed with "the lovers" to implicate an inevitable failure of the relationship.(less)
Isabella Edna, like many other women of her time, feels empty in her relationship with a husband who VIEWS HER AS A POSSESSION (literally! The book literally…moreEdna, like many other women of her time, feels empty in her relationship with a husband who VIEWS HER AS A POSSESSION (literally! The book literally states this!). She is definitely a bit selfish, and certainly naïve in ways, but she has a valid motive, and I think that's enough to absolve her from the unforgiving title of 'slut.'

People call her a bitch because her husband always sends her little treats, wants to take her out, etc., but if he views her as a possession, what's the point? Yes, the situation could be worse, but Edna is a modern woman and strives to go against the Victorian societal conventions.

Oh, also, this book isn't really about romance; it's more a feminist text about a woman's journey. Romance is a crucial aspect of the novel, but it isn't everything.(less)
Katie Robert is 26 years old. It says so toward the beginning of the book, if you're looking for it.
Samantha Phillips 39 (written in roman numerals in the text as XXXIX)

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