Edna Pontellier’s steady existence as the wife of a successful New Orleans businessman and mother of two children comes to an abrupt end during a lazy holiday on the Gulf of Mexico. Her fleeting encounter with Robert Lebrun not only jeopardises her marriage, but makes her rethink life entirely.
Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, written at the turn of the 20th century, foregrounds the female experience as a misunderstood battle being waged against an oppressive male-run society. Set against a dramatic backdrop of the American Deep South, she gives colour to the experience of women trying to live within rigid social conventions – shocking a few people in the process.
- Full of vivid descriptions of Southern American society.
- Infused with an array of societal influences, from the Louisiana Creole, to the ethnic French and Cajun cultures.
- A controversial nineteenth-century portrayal of female sexuality, motherhood, and infidelity.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin is lowkey one of my fav books The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a powerful book I can't forget even though I read a lot, and read it back in the 1980's.
The Awakening by Kate Chopin is lowkey one of my fav books— ashleigh (she/her) (@AshleighVarney) March 24, 2017
The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a powerful book I can't forget even though I read a lot, and read it back in the 1980's.— J Stamps (@justjohn2_j) March 9, 2017