Women's Liberation in "The Awakening" Book Review by JessiMags

Women's Liberation in "The Awakening"
An analysis of the theme of women's liberation and the challenge of the concept of a woman's set place in society, within the novel, "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin.
# 103435 | 1,300 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on May 13, 2008 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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This paper discusses the liberation of women and their ideas as seen within the novel written by Kate Chopin, entitled "The Awakening." It discusses the idea that women had a place in society and, regardless of their opinions, they would conform to that mold in order to be accepted. The paper then looks at how this idea was consistently challenged within society in general and within the novel in particular.

From the Paper:

"Edna understands that as she falls deeper into the understanding of herself and what feeds her soul, she is giving up on what others depend on her for. She knows that her family is something that she will lose and is willing to sacrifice them for her own happiness. She wants to love her children and at the same time does not want to be with them. To Edna, caring for her children is an act that she is being forced to do; it is also an act that does not fit into the life and independence that she has tasted and now wants. The idea of a romance between Robert and Edna is one that if felt to be acknowledged simply for the fact that it is an act of not only rebellion but also one of need. Edna needs Robert to remind her that where she is giving up on her routine life, she is gaining a sense of freedom and since he will be there for her, she is gaining passion and love."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chopin, Kate. The Awakening. 1904. Cutchogue, N.Y.: Buccaneer Books, 1993.

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