Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers around Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South. The Awakening is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism.
The novel's blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity makes The Awakening a precursor of American modernism; it prefigures the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and echoes the works of contemporaries such as Edith Wharton and Henry James. It can also be considered among the first Southern works in a tradition that would culminate with the modern masterpieces of Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, and Tennessee Williams.
Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media
High School English Teacher & Devoted Shakespeare Fan
A great feminist perspective on the search for identity.
Edna's realization that she would be willing to give her life for her children, but not her identity or her existence.
Edna of course!
The novel makes you think, about how your own life is aligned and if you have your own identity independent of your relationships.
The narrator does a good job, I just disliked the book. I don't understand why it's considered a classic. The other doesn't allow the reader to interpret anything, she tells the audience exactly what is going on and exactly what her characters feel.
narrator clear but reads too fast,. Story tedious at times in beginning gets better towards end. Do not like ending.
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