The Awakening by Kate Chopin
By SMW Staff
In “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin, Edna Pontellier struggles to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South. The novel is set in the late nineteenth century on Grand Isle, off the coast of Louisiana and in the city of New Orleans.
First published in 1899, “The Awakening” is considered an important work in feminism, as it was one of the earliest American novels that focused on women’s issues without condescension.
Here’s what SMW’s Book Bloggers are saying about The Awakening:
Women of all ages and eras can relate to this dynamic, deeply confused woman who felt trapped by the life she created and did not want the “right’ things like society told her she was supposed to. — Shawndra Russell
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