Kate Chopin 's The Awakening

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Skylett Villacis

Ms. Gibeily

English 3, Period 7

4 April 2016

The Obstacles of Feminism in the 1800s

The Awakening by Kate Chopin published in 1899 is a novel that can teach the true meaning of family, the importance of friendship, and the value of independence. Chopin teaches the true meaning of family by showing how Edna receives no support from her own family and struggles to succeed without them. Chopin shows the importance of friendship when Edna has no one by her side until she meets a woman named Adele and a man named Robert. The primary area that Chopin focuses on is the satisfaction of independence. Edna loses herself throughout time but has two friends to help her get back on track. In The Awakening, Kate Chopin uses family, friendship, and independence in order to show the obstacles women go through, such as being disciplined by the men in their life, and not being able to choose who they would like to spend the rest of their life with, in the 1800s.

Chopin introduces the true meaning of family by beginning the story with Edna and her husband Leonce going on a getaway to a cottage. Its begins with showing how happy they are being married and having their own family together. Edna and Leonce 's marriage is going through difficulties at the time, but things seem to get worse at their getaway to the cottage. Edna is confused on why her husband and her kids are acting a certain way towards her. She says, "It would have been a difficult matter for Mr.

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