The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The AwakeningBook Review:  The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Pontellier family is vacationing on Grand Isle on the Gulf of Mexico.  While her husband spends most of his time either working or at the club, Edna spends her time with friends, particularly Robert Lebrun.

Edna’s awakening comes as she realizes that she and her husband live separate lives.  He expects her focus to be on raising their children, maintaining a well-kept home, and polishing their social standing.  She realizes that she wants more for herself.

And so this novel, written in 1899, addresses a host of issues people simply didn’t address in that time period.  Traditional gender roles, loveless marriages, infidelity, a woman’s rejection of societal expectations, a woman’s passion for someone other than her husband.  I didn’t like Edna but I felt for her situation.  Keenly.



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