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Self-Discovery In Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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An Interesting, Powerful, and Yet a Somewhat Confusing Read The novel, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin is a story about a woman named Edna, with an unfulfilling life and an unemotional husband, vacationing on Grand Isle. There, she meets Robert, a young and charming man who she spent a great deal of time with and quickly becomes infatuated with. While he encouraged her to become her true artistic self in which she finds herself, but ultimately ends her journey of self-discovery by committing suicide because she felt she could never be content living as a piece of property to others. I thought this novel was shocking and powerful, yet at times confusing. The Awakening was interesting and shocking throughout the novella because of the decisions Edna made in the story. Chopin occasionally surprised the readers, and left them…show more content…
Early in the novel on page 18 it mentioned that she was “fond of her children” in an “uneven, impulsive way”. Sometimes she would forget them but other times she loved them compassionately. Fond is defined as having a liking or affection for, which suggests Edna didn’t have strong opinions about her children most of the time. Until the very end when one of the significant reasons she ends her life is because she wants to protect her children as being seen as the children of the adulterer or the one who left her husband. Even on page 116, she recognized she didn’t want to be possessed by her children as if they were owning her or holding her back from being herself yet she bases this huge decision off of them to look after them. Overall, Kate Chopin’s novella, The Awakening, was surprising and powerful with some confusion. I would highly encourage other readers looking for a captivating and interesting read. The novel brings an exciting storyline into the reader’s life, it will be a book they will never
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