Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"
July 28, 2008 3:43 PM Subscribe
I am trying to get a better understanding of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" **Spoiler Alert**
posted by madmamasmith to Writing & Language (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I see it as a woman's discovery of her freedom and independence. The main character forsakes her role as wife and mother in late 19th century society and pursues her own happiness. I don’t really understand the juxtaposition of the men in the story. Her husband ,who she escapes, is not violent or demanding and reacts to her leaving rather well by my standards; showing there was little emotional investment in their relationship. Women cant initiate divorce yet I suppose, but Edna does the next best thing by moving out. The object of her affection, Robert, refuses to be with her even though she has left her husband (because he "loves" her).But Alcee Arobin has no problem being private or public with Edna. So what do all these different male characters represent? Please let me know your ideas, Thanks!!