Kate Chopin: A Critique Of The Awakening: The Awakening

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Title: The Awakening
Author: Kate Chopin
Date of Publication: _______________________
Genre: __________________________________

Biographical Information about the Author

Birth: Born Katherine O’Flaherty on February 8, 1850/1851 in St. Louis, MO
Father: Thomas (emigrated from Ireland; died in a railroad accident when she was 5)
Mother: Eliza (of French descent-23 years younger than Kate’s father)
Religion: Catholic
Slave owners who supported Confederacy
Siblings:2 brothers;1 sister
George (from her father’s
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Throughout the story, Edna Pontellier transitions from being the protagonist to the antagonist. From loving mother and obedient wife to selfish and inconsiderate, Edna drastically evolves.

Describe the author’s style
3 examples that demonstrates that style (Explain.)

Throughout the whole story, it never was all over the place. The story line was direct.
Kate Chopin’s style also was concise. Throughout, the story was straight to the point.
During the whole story, she was very detailed in giving descriptions about people, places, and what she was feeling.

3 Memorable Quotes/Lines

Looking at them reminded her of her rings, which she had given to her husband before leaving for the beach. She silently reached out to him, and he, understanding, took the rings from his vest pocket and dropped them into her open palm. She slipped them upon her fingers.
2.He thought it very discouraging that his wife, who was the sole object of his existence, evinced so little interest in things which concerned him, and valued so little his conversation.
3."She is not one of us; she is not like us. She might make the Unfortunate blunder of taking you
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Protestant. Alphamale

Spanish lady. lives on Grand Isle. interest in both brothers Robert and Victor Lebrun

almost omniscient. Pontellier family physician. informs Leonce that Edna is having an affair

Nosy, weird. up to date on the latest gossip. Mrs. Highcamp hangs out with the younger men of the town “to find a husband for her daughter.”

main character of the story

drives Edna to her Awakening

Edna’s real love

really good wife and mother, someone people (women) look up to
Edna’s cheating buddy

for part of the story she serves as an advocate for Robert to Edna

mother of Robert and Victor
He reminds Edna of Robert They make Edna remember that that even though she has lost faith in Leonce that she did enjoy her motherhood

Edna’s Father

Edna’s Competition

Potelliers’ Doctor

Edna’s Associate

selfish, narcissistic selfish, narcissistic

devotes her life to her passion:

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