The Awakening Feminism Analysis

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Though it was not common during the 1800’s, some women did not want to assume the traditional role of a typical Victorian lady. In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, this is just the case; she introduces us to Edna Pontellier a mother and wife during the said era. Throughout the story, we follow Edna's journey of self-discovery and self-expression through emotions, art, and sex thanks to the help of people she meets along the way. Chopin decides to end the book with Edna’s suicide to try to convey a sense of liberation from her repressed life, but was the reasoning behind her suicide what everyone else thinks? Consequently, this said journey took me along for the ride, and I had no complaints. As Edna figured out who she was, I felt as if I was with her every step of the way. Even though at points I did not understand some of the decisions she chose to make, I stood by her till the end. The Awakening is no doubt a story of independence and a coming of age, where instead of becoming an adult she is becoming Edna the person she has been longing to be, told through symbolism, imagery, and personification. But contrary to what some may believe this is not a feminist.
Kate Chopin’s characters vary from round and flat depending on who it is. While we see Edna change through the story (round), her husband Laurence way of staying the same throughout the book (flat). As for the characters believability, the answer is yes; Given this story took place in the late 1800’s the

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