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The Awakening is an 1899 novella depicting one woman’s struggle against societal expectations in her role as a wife and mother. Following this introduction, you’ll find a collection of quotes from The Awakening by Kate Chopin.
This classic novella tells the story of Edna Pontellier, a woman with unfulfilled sexual desires who questions the sanctity of motherhood. The theme of marital infidelity is approached from the unique perspective of the wife.
Because critics reacted negatively to its taboo subject matter, The Awakening was widely banned, and even fell out of print for several decades before being rediscovered in the 1970s. It’s now considered a classic of feminist fiction. Chopin herself was disheartened by its reception and her publishing output dwindled after its publication.
In her analysis of The Awakening, Sarah Wyman writes that it “came under immediate attack when published and was banned from bookstores and libraries. The author died virtually forgotten, yet The Awakening has been rediscovered and holds a secure and prominent position as a watershed text in U.S. literature and feminist studies.” You can read the full text of The Awakening on this site. Read More→