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Title: The Awakening by Kate Chopin


1
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
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I. Introduction
  • The role of women and marriage in late 19th
    century (into the 20th century America)
  • 1. Women as property---marriage
  • 2. the disenfranchisement of women (no
    votesuffragette movements)
  • 3. social rolesthe hostess (remember Mrs.
    Higgins in Pygmalion)

3
A. The Role of Women (continued)
  1. Family roleswife and mother
  2. Womens lived vicariouslythrough others
    (especially men)
  3. A culture of disparagement and condescension
    (that still exists today)

4
B. Kate Chopin (18501904)
  • Grew up in St. Louis with an Irish-American
    father and a Creole mother
  • Father died youngKate grows up in a house full
    of womenbecomes very independent and
  • Marries at 19 to a gentle wealthy businessman who
    tolerates her
  • unconventional ways

5
B. Kate Chopin (continued)
  1. Husband (Oscar) dies in 1883 (married 14
    yearsKate is 33) and leaves her financially
    secure
  2. Dr. Kolbenheyers friendship and influence
  3. Her writing style
  4. The uproar over The Awakening (1899)

6
Major Themes
  1. Psychological
  2. Living the authentic life
  3. Independence

7
II. Major Themes (continued)
  • Duty
  • Marriage
  • Loneliness

8
II. Major Themes (continued)
  • G. Sex and Love
  • H. Independence
  • I. The Role of Art

9
C. Characters
  • Edna
  • Leonce
  • Adele Ratingnole
  • the mother-woman

10
C. Characters (continued)
  1. Mademoiselle Ruisz
  2. Robert
  3. Alcee Arobin
  4. Dr. Mandolet

11
Setting
  • Grand Isle
  • New Orleans Home
  • New Orleans itself
  • The Big House
  • The Pigeon House

12
E. Symbolism
  1. Art
  2. Birds
  3. Clothes
  4. Food / eating

13
E. Symbolism
  1. Swimming
  2. The sea
  3. The moon
  4. Piano
  5. sleep
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