Kate Chopin's The Awakening

1767 Words Jul 21st, 2015 8 Pages
Sexual transgression and sexual exploration is one of the most highly talked about topics in today’s society. The path to sexual liberation within society begins with experimentation and exploration, followed by personal acceptance, and finally, although not always, societal acceptance. Although we have come a long way on the path of acceptance of different sexual transgressions, the stories of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, Tennessee Williams’ “Vieux Carre,” and Lyle Saxon’s “The Centaur Plays Croquet” show that this type of acceptance has not always been the case. Each story plays an integral role when looking at the steps on the path to societal acceptance. Chopin 's story dives deep into the area of experimentation and exploration, whereas Saxon 's story looks more at the areas of personal acceptance, and Williams ' story lies more along the area of societal acceptance, and whether or not acceptance is always the end result. Beginning with the theme of sexual exploration, we look to Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. The story of Edna Pontellier is less about societal acceptance, since New Orleans inhibits Edna’s desires far less than other parts of American society could have, and more about experimentation and sexual awakening. Both of these factors leads to Edna eventually reclaiming her own sexuality. In the beginning of the story, Edna simply seems content in her marriage to her husband, Léonce. It is as if she is either unaware of her sexual desires, or that they have…
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