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The Purpose of Awakenings in Kate Chopin's The Awakening

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The Awakening: The Purpose of Awakenings by Naim C. Vilabrera The Awakening: The Purpose of Awakenings In The Awakening written by Kate Chopin, Edna Pontellier, the main character and protagonist, experiences several awakenings throughout the storyline. Awakenings, in The Awakening specifically, are the realization of the true meaning of certain aspects of life, such as independence or reality, though the meaning might be contrary to the teachings Edna receives in her conformist society. The awakenings cause Edna to be enlightened. The awakenings assist Edna in pulling herself from living in a semi-conscious, uninteresting state to an awakened sense of fulfillment and adventure in those aspects of life. Chopin intends for the awakenings to influence Edna allowing her to realize the insensible occurrences and traditions in her society. Chopin creates the basis of the story around Edna and the experiences that she gains from the attainment of those awakenings. Though, some awakenings influence more than others because of their true meaning and its relation to society, Edna takes all these awakenings to challenge her un-awakened society. The Awakening portrays a contemporary style of writing, for the time Chopin conceived the book. Chopin expresses her feelings about the traditions in of her too flawed society through the protagonist Edna and her actions as an individual in the book. ...read more.


Chopin executes this subtly. Unlike the inner thought and expression awakening, the awakening of the individual was not nearly subtle. The individual awakening allows Edna to become unique and separate herself from the occupations of wife and mother. Edna's individuality is cruel and compassionate, compulsive and content. Edna became who she knows is her true personality. Chopin's intentions were to make Edna into a true woman and not just a false guise of what a woman should be or act. The individual awakening is vital to Chopin's formation of The Awakening. Without transforming into an individual Edna would not have been different from other women in her society and could not have been able to understand what a woman is in reality and the way she felt in a semi-conscious state. Chopin's success with the individual awakening works up to a point. Although Edna breaks free of the traditions of the society which she lives, temptation of men continue to dominate her mind. Chopin's individual awakening for Edna fits directly into the story because it provides a basis to a feminist movement in Edna's society. Chopin's first major step to forming The Awakening into a feminist novel is Edna's independence awakening. The independence awakening allows for Edna to experience life from a different viewpoint as a woman because obligations that once weighed her down are now lifted. ...read more.


Edna despises the concept of reality regardless of the numerous fortunes of enlightenment it brings. The reality awakening pushes Edna so far of the edge she commits suicide. Chopin exposes to the reader the fact that Edna as a woman retains flaws from the semi-conscious life she once lived. Edna was far too excited about the new aspects of life; too hyped up on living without limits and living free. Chopin's proposes to the reader that reality is cruel and merciless. Chopin's own awakening causes her to write this book. The execution of Edna realization to the reality awakening was no more than shocking. Edna gave her life at the moment she recognized reality and its true meaning. The reality awakening is meant to render that living in a dream world may be pleasurable no one, man or woman, escapes reality. The Awakening is the forefront of books in it genre. The concept of The Awakening is in no way about the flaws of humans but about the faults that society brings upon a person. The book was the start of the changing revolution of women. Though the fact that Chopin stresses is reality is nothing to be misconstrued or challenged. Chopin challenged the traditional concepts of society in her time with this book. This feminist book is more than trying to prove men and women are equal, but The Awakening is a lesson of life. ...read more.

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