The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a novel set in New Orleans and the Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century. The story centers around Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the South.
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I don't know what the person before me has against feminism...but this book is beyond amazing. It's empowering, emotional, vivid and WELL written. It's based on the 19th century era, so of course it's not going to sound like plain english, but once you get the hang of the Chopin's slang it's easy to understand what she's trying to say about the protagonist. A lot of women during that time didn't have many options, marriage was one of the very few. It was only after she was married that she realized that life wasn't for her. It doesn't mean she stopped loving her children, at the end of the book (I won't spoil it) she still has her children in mind because they were a part of her. Anyway, read it for yourself and you be the judge. But personally, it's one of my top five favorite books.
Not worth 99 cents.
It might be considered a classic but it is not worth any praise. It is a mock feminist novel. The characters are one dimensional, the main character is selfish and her whole dialogue is oh, woe is me, the institute of marriage is disgusting!
Not only did she put herself in her "oppressive marriage" she did it only to spite her father and sister.
The story is written so poorly on top of it. We are constantly being told the lead character is oppressed and that she is looked at like property. Really? You can't write that tastefully, you have to literally tell us?
On top of it, it has the worst ending I've ever read. I go as far to even say that it's a cop out.
Don't waste your time reading this book, I beg you.