Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"
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This paper explains that, although one can certainly argue whether Edna was an exemplary early feminist or if she was merely a selfish woman who chose the easy path in the end, the text of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" is valuable outside of its literary aspect because it contains a great deal of revealing information about the nature of gender relationships in the Victorian era and defines its feminine response by detailing the setting of the story. The author points out that the fine line between author, narrator and heroine is crossed in this story as the author presents her most intense convictions about the role of women in Victorian society: Chopin often presents a model of a certain ideal of the Victorian age and then offers the antithesis. The paper states that, although Chopin attempts a realistic view of the time period and women's struggle in society, she misses her objective to demonstrate the oppression of the character Edna by her choice of this character's behavior and instead leaves the reader with a message of contradiction.
From the Paper:"As a side note, it should be remembered that Chopin had enjoyed great success as a writer of "local color" stories that dealt mildly with issues of gender and sexuality but that "The Awakening" did not receive the great praise of her other, more "tame" stories. She died only a few years after the publication and subsequent ill reception of the story of Edna's awakening and in this sense, it hard to separate Chopin from her female heroine. Chopin had been raised in an intellectually open environment and was less familiar with the typical marital relationships of the Victorian era than many of her contemporaries. This set her apart as a unique, but ultimately too potent writer in a literary period that had not yet awakened to the more modern notions of feminism."
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