Deb Elliott asked:
I found the writing splendid, very sensual but kept wondering "to what is she awakening?" On learning the publication date (1899) & the cultural mores of New Orleans of the era, the light dawned. I thank my lucky stars for women like Kate Chopin with the courage to point out society's impact on us at a time when motherhood, duty and subservience were all women should aspire to. She never wrote another novel.
Yoana It says in the book that she's awakening to her own self, stripped of social layers of duty and gender roles. She gets to know who she is underneath all that, what her heart desires, what makes her excited, what makes her dream, etc.