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Is The Awakening a Feminist text?

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Trey Yes and no. While the book explores themes of self-discovery, independence, and the role of women in society it is also critical of irrational action and abandoning family. It depends on the reader and the lens the book itself is viewed through.

It is lauded by some students and teachers (and commentators) as a feminist masterpiece. Others would pin it as satire or a critique of feminism. Regardless, it's an interesting story. Chopin is no Chekhov, but it's pretty entertaining and makes one think.
Madie Riley I absolutely believe this is a feminist text. Chopin is exploring what options are left to women who have no freedom to act out their desires and to self actualize because of their role in society. The garment of the self is one that society has placed on Edna and is a performance of womanhood. The affair wakes her up to the idea that she has thoughts and feelings she's had to repress and restrict in order to be accepted in Victorian upper class company.
Cathy In my opinion, it's more a study of narcissism than feminism.
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. This book is about the journey.
Martin Rodriguez In my opinion, it is. But it depends on your definition of feminism and your interpretation of the book.
Cassie DeFrank I would say yes. The reason for this is Edna was not fulfilling societies roles as a mother and wife. She did not want to care for her kids. Her husband does not feel it is his job to do this and that is fine with society, but when she doesn't want to it is seen as an awful thing. Edna lived her own life without conforming (for the most part). For this reason, I would say yes, it is a feminist work.
LB If it is a feminist book, it's a poor one, in my view. Feminism is about giving women de-facto rights for education, access to professions, political life, etc. It's also about allowing women their choice of a mate vs. its being a forced marriage, a traditional arrangement, mostly money-based, between the groom and the bride's parents w/o so much as consulting her. This book addresses none of these issues. Edna has no thoughts about bettering herself as an individual; her marriage was not forced on her; she married w/o love but it was her decision (she didn't want to stay with her original family). She could've opted for living alone, which would've been more feminist, but she opted for a man (not feminist). There is a female character in the book who lives alone and supports herself by music lessons, so it's not an impossibility. Then she goes on to take a lover. I don't know how feministic this is bc women had lovers since the dawn of time. So my opinion is no, it's not a feminist novel, it's more of a scandalous novel perhaps written in part to attract attention in the writer's day and age.
Marta Martínez It is, it's a journey where we can witness the development of a woman in a patriarchal society, inspired by culture (music and art) and the nature (specially the sea). She starts exploring her inner-self, her "I-as-a-woman", her possibilities and her power. I admire her!
zoee8 Not really.

Yes, by some of the other answers, Edna does do all these things. Not trying to put any spoilers in here. But she does do a lot of things and DOESNT do a lot of things, that hands over to the idea that this text is a feministic text and a test to societal values during that time period. Another thing is is that Kate Chopin had a grandmother who she would often live with, who was very empowering to Kate. She was the kind of woman who at that time could be defined as a feminist, and she was very influential to Kate. And then we could also talk about how she goes to different things for her faith; trying to find what she really wants and at her own pace?

Even Edna says that she once was very religious but she's kind of forgotten over the years.

and DESPITE everything I've said, I don't really think that The Awakening is a femenist text. It's not about empowering women and questioning men in such a society but it's more about self discovery. This was during the time period of naturalism which expounds upon self discovery, self thought, and how we can find that within nature because nature is good. That's why in The Awakening the sea and the grass fields are mentioned so much and when she's talking to Mrs. Ratignolle in the beginning about how she has all these thoughts, she has one thought in particular of a man standing naked by the sea ... which if you've read the book... does that not sound oddly familiar ... (end of the book ie ie).

While Edna does not want to fulfill the roles of a mother and wife, it's not because she thinks that they're not good enough for her or that she didn't choose this kind of life- even since the last page and her last act- she thinks of her children, it's more because she's forever struggling to find out who she is. But on the way to finding that, to getting all these emotions that have never been felt before just by doing things that may seem feministic (having an affair to find love, things of that matter), she's not trying to be feministic, but it all goes back to the self discovery thing. A reason why the book is kind of a drudge within the entire first half is all because that at during this time, it was unattractive to not maintain your thoughts and your expressions, so Chopin couldn't just be like BOOM TAKE ALL THESE EMOTIONS AT ONCE! no, she had to ween things in slowly to still keep the book's aestheticism while still getting her purpose across- making it a successful book, even if it was criticizing so many people of that time. Like are we the Roberts? The Ednas? The Ms. Reiszs? Are we the Mrs. Ratignolles?? And then so how does that make us feel?

All throughout the book, Edna loves the idea of love. But to love someone, you have to give yourself to them and there's a sense of ownership. You belong to them, and they belong to you. But Edna detested the idea of being owned and having to be dependent on someone else. While she acts INdependent, she bought the small house with her spendings AND her uncle's money, and then when she's there she has a maidservant. So she's independent.... to her liking. Independent... in moderation? Oh irony. And these two opposite poles of what she wants, to be independent and to find "true love", they are a completely catastrophic mix-- which results in the end of the book as Edna feels there's no other option for her, and that she's okay with that.

So the purpose of this book is to give you a character that's doomed because of her desires. Her infatuation with love and the attractiveness of it, but also the feeling of being independent and almost "free", perhaps, and then after you're finished, you decide how you feel based on your own self. Discover things about yourself within the text that you just read. Discover things that are NOT you, within the text you just read. It's not about power to the ****, girls rule, feminism whoo! It's about self discovery and the importance of knowing that the only true you that you know is yourself.
Eci what can i get about this novel use feminism ?
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