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The Awakening & Other Stories chapter 1 The Awakening & Other Stories, meaning The Awakening & Other Stories, genre The Awakening & Other Stories, book cover The Awakening & Other Stories, flies The Awakening & Other Stories, The Awakening & Other Stories 5e646a82f3dfe Kate Chopin Was One Of The Most Individual And Adventurous Of Nineteenth Century American Writers, Whose Fiction Explored New And Often Startling Territory When Her Most Famous Story, The Awakening, Was First Published In , It Stunned Readers With Its Frank Portrayal Of The Inner Word Of Edna Pontellier, And Its Daring Criticisms Of The Limits Of Marriage And Motherhood The Subtle Beauty Of Her Writing Was Contrasted With Her Unwomanly And Sordid Subject Matter Edna S Rejection Of Her Domestic Role, And Her Passionate Quest For Spiritual, Sexual, And Artistic Freedom From Her First Stories, Chopin Was Interested In Independent Characters Who Challenged Convention This Selection, Freshly Edited From The First Printing Of Each Text, Enables Readers To Follow Her Unfolding Career As She Experimented With A Broad Range Of Writing, From Tales For Children To Decadent Fin De Siecle Sketches The Awakening Is Set Alongside Thirty Two Short Stories, Illustrating The Spectrum Of The Fiction From Her First Published Stories To HerSecret Masterpiece, The Storm About The Series For OverYears Oxford World S Classics Has Made Available The Broadest Spectrum Of Literature From Around The Globe Each Affordable Volume Reflects Oxford S Commitment To Scholarship, Providing The Most Accurate Text Plus A Wealth Of Other Valuable Features, Including Expert Introductions By Leading Authorities, Voluminous Notes To Clarify The Text, Up To Date Bibliographies For Further Study, And Much


10 thoughts on “The Awakening & Other Stories

  1. says:

    8.0 10The Awakening 7.0 10An interesting, if somewhat meandering tale of a Victorian woman s awakening Chopin s prose is clear and precise so it becomes easy to fall into the trail of Edna Pontellier s slow emergence into self hood, but I couldn t help but feel that Chopin s abilities were much suited to the shorter fiction she wrote There isn t enough magic in her grand reveal for one knows exactly what s going to happen to Edna from the end of the second chapter, and there isn t enough complexity in the tale to make it compelling I found it to be a good, light read without having to think too much There were a number of petty annoyances along the way, but I reined myself in to concede each time that Chopin, after all, was only a privileged white woman writing at the end of the Victorian era, and so what else could she do The Awakening may be her own story, in a sense, without the rather dramatic ending.Beyond The Bayou 7.0 10A different kind of awakening, but this time with a much measured response by the protagonist La Folle dares to reach beyond the bayou to find it is not as terrifying as she once imagined.Ma me Pelagie 7.5 10A poignant, but not overly sentimental narrative on the misplaced self sacrifice that war demands and the effects of new eyes on an old problem.Desir e s Baby 9.0 10I knew the answer to this problem the moment Desir e had her baby yet it was an eminently satisfying, captivating little story of poetic justice being achieved This is Chopin at her best.A Respectable Woman 5.0 10Respectable women are quite boring, imo, and in Chopin s opinion too, it would seem.The Kiss 5.0 10A misplaced kiss, to a different kind of poetic justice Barely worth the writing of it I would think.A Pair of Silk Stockings 9.5 10You would read this collection for this story alone for it captures, beautifully, how longing and desire will always have their day in the sun, if only for the briefest moment Chopin reveals her deep understanding of the hungry heart.The Locket 9.5 10Another startlingly beautiful and poignant message on the spoils of war The impact is the greater for being so brief A poem in prose A ReflectionI transcribe it here in its entirety You be the judge Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace They are fortunate beings They do not need to apprehend the significance of things They do not grow weary nor miss step, nor do they fall out of the rank and sink by the wayside to be left contemplating the moving procession.Ah that moving procession that has left me by the road side Its fantastic colors are brilliant and beautiful than the sun on the undulating waters What matter if souls and bodies are failing beneath the feet of the ever pressing multitude It moves with the majestic rhythm of the spheres Its discordant clashes sweep upward in one harmonious tone that blends with the music of other worlds to complete God s orchestra.It is greater than the stars that moving procession of human energy greater than the palpitating earth and the things growing thereon Oh I could weep at being left by the wayside left with the grass and the clouds and a few dumb animals True, I feel at home in the society of these symbols of life s immutability In the procession I should feel the crushing feet, the clashing discords, the ruthless hands and stifling breath I could not hear the rhythm of the march.Salve ye dumb hearts Let us be still and wait by the roadside.The End.


  2. says:

    Since discovering this gem while studying, it has become a firm favourite and a rarity in that I can reread it many times and it never loses appeal I m certainly not surprised it figures on most best novella lists even the heavily male author orientated ones as Chopin created not just a compelling story set in southern america during the late 1890s, which can be savoured in its own right, she also produced an iconic tale that challenges the perceptions and expectations of a woman s place in society.Full review


  3. says:

    She wanted to swim far out, where no woman had swum before This short but impassioned novel, first published at the turn of the 19th century, portrays a new way of thinking a dissension among the women of North America and Europe, which caused excitement and consternation in equal measure Kate Chopin s clever, lyrical story, set on the Louisiana Gulf coast and in New Orleans, draws on the lives of the Franco Creole beau monde, using their apparently sparkling lives as a backdrop to highlight the strict social conventions of the day The young Edna Pontellier, an attractive, seemingly happily married woman, dreams of putting her needs before those of her husband and children She is far from contented with her cosseted but strictly controlled existence, and becomes wilful and defiant Her subsequent behaviour is considered unacceptable and unwomanly in such a patriarchal society.Chopin is a magnificent storyteller Her frank portrayal underscores the very real frustrations experienced by her contemporaries and vividly depicts the tremendous courage required for a woman to slip her shackles.


  4. says:

    The Awakening by Kate Chopin was first published in 1899 and soon rose to eminence as a forerunner of feminist literature The novel revolves around a 28 year old woman Mrs.Edna Pontellier who hails from the South While vacationing with her family, she realizes that she has been living a routine life A mood comes over her that pushes her to let go of her inhibitions and impose her will.Acquiring this new found courage makes her into an artist leaving all past prejudice behind Her awakening confounds her husband and her friends, yet she is determined not to sacrifice herself for her family But then what about her two young children She has to grip with the fact that they need her and she needs them They are a much profound part of her identity that she cannot quickly rub off Edna is unable to resolve this problem, and this leads to her annihilation This short novel deals with heavy themes of individualism, motherhood, tradition, love, and sexuality Too bad Kate Chopin died soon after the book s publication and did not live to see its success.


  5. says:

    This proved a surprisingly modern meditation on a woman s attempt at self liberation from the influences of patriarchal society Edna s story is one that was is by no means singular, and the fact that it was written by a woman at the turn of the century makes it even striking I m shocked it took me so long to get to this one, but better late than never.


  6. says:

    The awakening to self awareness of a rich New Orleans woman at the end of the nineteenth century Unfortunately, in my opinion a rather dull book about a very dull woman.On the island of Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico a number of wealthy New Orleans are spending their summer vacation away from the city Mrs Pontellier is of these a young woman who has drifted into marriage and motherhood with very little thought, and with no strong feelings in relation to her husband, and very few towards her children, she finds herself bored with her life after six years of marriage Robert Lebrun, the son of the house where they are staying, devotes himself slavishly to Edna Pontellier throughout her visit but, as he devotes himself slavishly and innocently to one young married woman or other during every summer season, this passes without remark or without exciting any jealousy on the part of Mr Pontallier But rather than it just being an innocent flirtation for Edna, on her return to New Orleans she starts to question the very life that she leads.So a story of a woman s awakening to realisation of herself as a person in her own right, rather than as a wife and mother with needs subjugated to those of her family But unfortunately I couldn t see Edna as anything other than a selfish little rich girl, who was quite happy to take from others without being prepared to give in return, and didn t seem to care about anybody other than herself in any meaningful way She just didn t engage my interest at all, and neither did any of the other characters So OK, but not great.


  7. says:

    loved the awakening, and i really liked almost all of the short stories, i was worried about how much racism would be in this book but it wasn t as bad as i expected, there was a part in the last sort story i read where she kept saying the hotel owner was going to cut up this mixed race kid with a knife, that went a little over my head, i m hoping she didn t mean that literally lol i can definitely say she avoided the white savior that is so loved in any stories involving slaves, in la belle zora de i thought she was headed in that direction at first but nope, not at all, the mistress was HORRIBLE in that story, took away everything the woman loved and literally drove her mad


  8. says:

    The entire time I was reading Chopin s work I was going yass queen in my head, which doesn t tell you anything about the book, other than that I really liked it In both her novel novella and short stories, Chopin turns a keen eye towards the gender issues of the late 19th century Rather than passing judgment, she often presents her narratives in a way that allows the reader to draw their own conclusions.


  9. says:

    I ve seen The Awakening referred to as an essential piece of feminist literature , and truly, it is that However, to tack on the label of feminist in our modern age with all of the connotations that it holds might very well take away from the inexperienced critic s enjoyment of the novella This is not a story of feminine strength and triumph This is not a story where a woman finds happiness and success in a man s world This story is, frankly, dark and depressing and, removed from the context of its time, hardly an empowering piece of literature When viewed in context, though, as a female written piece in the turn of the 20th century, this is a delicious act of rebellion Kate Chopin s story is revolutionary, and to view it as anything but is to do a disservice to the feat producing this novel in 1899 really was The story of The Awakening centers around disillusioned housewife Edna Pontellier who finds that in the course of a summer, a deep and previously untapped part of herself has been awakened by the sweet, attentive young Robert This story is not about a woman cheating on her husband This is a story about a woman discovering who she is separate of the roles she fulfills in the world In fact, Robert is absent for a good portion of the story, and during that time Edna establishes her identity and asserts her independence from her husband She becomes the woman she wants to be, separate from the societal pressures that she faces, and realizes what it means to be Edna Then, and only then, is she unfaithful to her husband The fact that there is infidelity at all is something of a controversy But this book is not encouraging infidelity, contrary to what many seem to believe Edna takes ownership of her body in addition to her heart and mind, and if anybody sees The Awakening only as an ode to promiscuity, that is telling of the reader than of the piece of fiction This IS a feminist piece of literature, and Edna is not a simple character She can t be reduced to only her marital indiscretions, and to do so is about as far from the nature of feminism, and the narrative, as one can get The Awakening is a solid novella that is worth the afternoon it would take to complete it As to the other stories, it is a mixed bag As with any writer s works, there are some stories that don t resonate with a modern reader Most of the stories are short, only a few pages, and as such fail to capture the reader on an emotional level the way that The Awakening did There are some twists and turns in a few of them, but they have appeared again and again throughout time, making them overall quite predictable There is something to be said, however, to viewing a writer s mind through the lens of their work Between the stories and the novella, there are particular themes that crop up again and again, and provide insight into who Kate Chopin might have been At the end of the day, The Awakening is worth the hype As soon as I finished it, I recommended it to other women in my life who I trusted not to misunderstand Edna Edna is a complex character both unbelievably strong and undeniably fragile She is an unconventional heroine who s only heroic act is to refuse to give up who she is She is not for everyone, but I loved her This story is not for everyone, but I loved it And perhaps, you will too So if you re undecided, skip the other stories but do not pass up the chance to read something truly radical and entirely worthwhile.


  10. says:

    The Awakening is a beautiful and provocative story of a woman s dissatisfaction with her life role as wife and mother At the outset of the novel, she confronts her ennui by purposely leaving home on Tuesday, the day assigned for the reception of callers Thereafter, one by one she challenges the Victorian conventions that restrict her freedoms by entertaining men admirers and even moving out of her grandiose house while her husband is on an extended business trip and her children are staying in the country with their grandparents She imagines that the love of another man is what she needs to be fulfilled, a man she loves Eventually, by the novel s end, she discovers that dependence on another to provide freedom and fulfillment is in no way different than her current condition While reading the beautiful and compelling story, I could not help but see comparison between Edna and Madam Bovary, though Edna s pursuit of romance is prompted out of a need to live life as an individual, on her own terms, whereas Madam Bovary s incentive appears selfish and vain.


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