Summer Reading Essay
The Awakening By: Kate Chopin
July 18, 2013
The setting of The Awakening so far is in the Grand Isle, a popular place for a summer vacation where wealthy people go. The Grand Isle is a spot where all the wealthy Creoles, from New Orleans, go for the summer to relax, and have fun. The time setting seems to be in the early 1900s because of the things they do and the lack of technology. The husband of Edna, Leonce, go away on a trip and on this trip he sends her chocolates which no one in the present time eats anymore. The tone of The Awakening at the start is a relaxed and peaceful one. As the story progresses is becomes a more serious and emotional one. It is serious because Leonce …show more content…
The three main problems in this story so far are Edna wants to find her own independence, Roberts serious feelings towards Edna a married woman, and Edna’s need for sexual attention. Edna is starting to realize that she is not fit for the motherly figure like every other Creole woman. She realizes that she wants to be her own woman and that causes problems. She takes care of the children but doesn’t show much love towards them like a normal mother would. She encounters another problem when she meets Robert and realizes she likes him. Robert usually finds a different Creole woman every summer but Edna was different to him. The main problem with that is Edna is married to Leonce. Edna feels as if she is not being sexually satisfied by Leonce and wants more attention. Robert begins to flirt more and more with Edna pushing them two much closer. Edna really breaks free of her motherly title when she takes a swim, she fells independent and in control of her soul and body for once in her life. All the main problems in this story revolve around Edna and her path to finding herself.
The reason I chose this article to relate to The Awakening is because, so far in the story Edna is expected to be a typical