The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Awakening, written by Kate Chopin, was a book that was truly ahead
of its time. The author of the book was truly a genius in her right, but yet she was
seen as a scoundrel. At the time, it was 'a world that values only her performance
as a mother, whose highest expectations for women are self sacrifice and self-
effacement.' ( ? ) The people of that era were not ready to admit or accept the
simple but hidden feelings of intimacy or sexuality and the true nature of
womanhood. Kate Chopin's book portrayed a woman of that time in a quite
unorthodox way. In fact, [ When she wrote the book in 1899, she ] 'achieved
what was to prove her literary masterpiece and her ultimate break with popular
taste' ( Cully, Intro. )
That book was written in 1899. During this era women were seen as very
proper and sophisticated individuals who were considered caretakers of the
home. They wore an excessive amount of clothing and never exposed
themselves in public or otherwise. If a woman was caught exposing herself in
public, would be shunned and looked down upon. Loyalty and commitment to the
family was very important during this time. Regardless of their family problems,
they were expected to endure and stay faithful. [ In fact, ] ' the nineteenth
century's message of the supremacy of motherhood was so strong and so intense
that it was absorbed into the systems of it's women - even women like Edna [ ,a
character in Chopin's book, ] who were not maternally inclined.' ( ? ) You could
almost say that women were considered symbols of everything that is pure in the
society in which they lived. Anything short of that was considered unacceptable.
North American essays:
... for self- expression and sexuality without the criticisms of their respective societies. Through Kate Chopin's literary works, the reader can observe how society and its code can influence an individual to ...
... by Kate Chopin, Edna Pontellier, a non-native of the Creole community is depicted, as not embodying the ideal Creole woman, even though others expect her ...
... and self-sacrifice to being about boys and how she looked ... Boys and Girls" was very restricted in finding out who she is, because of her dad's expectations. Perhaps because of the way he was raised, he made ...
Literary criticism of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" comparing modern reception with that of the 1800s
... that Kate Chopin's The Awakening has. Kate was truly ahead of her time when she wrote her ... independent female voice. What was held as amoral and without literary value in 1899 was considered artistic and noble in 1969. Chopin's novel captures the essence of the struggle for freedom ...
... also played an integral part in the formation of Sanders views on women and sexuality. She taught him to think of the feelings of others and ... this trend thru early adulthood. Well into adult hood this trend show it self through his actions, and through the quotes that he chooses. Sanders forms ...
... importantly, she pretends not to have a morphine addiction. She makes every excuse possible for why she engages in taking morphine, but never confesses to the true nature of ... seeking her "true self," Mary sought a self that didn't exist. She places her failures on every member of the family but ...
... another individual who is not part of the system, Beatty seemed to be the spirit of the people of Bradburys world- a fireman, a Capitan, a Renaissance man and a wonderful public figure. Montag discovers Beattys true nature during ...
... about the flying saucers, the negligibility of death, and the true nature of time." He believes he can save the world. What ... it made Vonnegut's reputation and is generally considered his masterpiece. And Slaughterhouse-Five informed the public that Dresden--at least in terms of number of people ...