History Literature / TheAwakening

10th Feb '18 1:53:15 PM CassandraLeo
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* GRatedSex: The sexual scenes are so G-rated students tend to completely miss them. The great irony of this is that when it was written the book was so raunchy it almost wasn't published.

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* GRatedSex: The sexual scenes are so G-rated students tend to completely miss them. The great irony of this is that when it was written the book was so raunchy it almost wasn't published. On a meta level, though, this trope is ZigZagged, since by Chopin's standards, the scenes are still fairly tame (see [[Creator/KateChopin her own page]] for more discussion of this).



* ItsAllAboutMe: The perspective of the novel focuses heavily on the viewpoints and dissatisfaction of Edna Pontellier with her married life which led to her engaging in more than two love affairs out of sheer boredom with her marriage, ignoring her children to pursue artistic pursuits, and eventually ending her own life because she was unwilling to abandon her newfound hedonistic lifestyle. All in all, it makes her come off as considerably conceited despite the author trying to make her justifiably sympathetic.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: The perspective of the novel focuses heavily on the viewpoints and dissatisfaction of Edna Pontellier with her married life which led to her engaging in more than two love affairs out of sheer boredom with her marriage, ignoring her children to pursue artistic pursuits, and eventually ending her own life because she was unwilling to abandon her newfound hedonistic lifestyle. All in all, it makes her come off as considerably conceited despite the author trying to make her justifiably sympathetic. (On the other hand, Chopin may have deliberately intended Edna's self-centredness to reflect her being sheltered and uneducated - see DeliberateValuesDissonance above.)
23rd Oct '17 7:19:25 PM CassandraLeo
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It has sometimes been compared to ''Literature/MadameBovary'' (Creator/GustaveFlaubert) and ''Literature/AnnaKarenina'' (Creator/LeoTolstoy).
23rd Oct '17 7:05:45 PM CassandraLeo
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** Alcee Arubin has a scandalous reputation with women.

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** Alcee Arubin Alcée Arobin has a scandalous reputation with women.
23rd Oct '17 7:05:25 PM CassandraLeo
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A 1899 novella by Kate Chopin about Edna Pontellier, a married Victorian mother who experiences an awakening of her sexuality and creativity while vacationing on an island with her husband.

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A 1899 novella by Kate Chopin Creator/KateChopin about Edna Pontellier, a married Victorian mother who experiences an awakening of her sexuality and creativity while vacationing on an island with her husband.
23rd Oct '17 6:08:33 PM CassandraLeo
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* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Believed by Adele. Questioned heavily by Edna.

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* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Believed by Adele.Adèle. Questioned heavily by Edna.
* BiTheWay and/or HomoeroticSubtext: The narrative implies that Edna is attracted to Adèle and Mlle. Reisz, and goes so far as to mention that "we might as well call love" her feelings for Adèle.



* {{Foil}}: Adele to Edna. Adele and Mlle. Reisz are also this to each other.

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* {{Foil}}: Adele Adèle to Edna. Adele Adèle and Mlle. Reisz are also this to each other.



* GratuitousFrench: The dialogue and narrative are peppered with bits of French, fitting the novel's setting in New Orleans.



* LoveDodecahedron: A fairly mild case, though with tragic results. Edna is married to Mr. Pontellier, but she and Robert are in love, although she also has a lust-driven affair with Alcee as a sort of substitute while both Mr. Pontellier and Robert are away. Alcee is also flirty with other women, and Edna and Adele have some HomoeroticSubtext early on in the story.
* MomentKiller: Celestine walking in on Edna and Robert cuddling to tell Edna that Adele is having her baby.

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* LoveDodecahedron: A fairly mild case, though with tragic results. Edna is married to Mr. Pontellier, but she and Robert are in love, although she also has a lust-driven affair with Alcee Alcée as a sort of substitute while both Mr. Pontellier and Robert are away. Alcee Alcée is also flirty with other women, and Edna and Adele Adèle have some HomoeroticSubtext early on in the story.
* MomentKiller: Celestine walking in on Edna and Robert cuddling to tell Edna that Adele Adèle is having her baby.



* ProperLady: Adele Ratignolle'. Her submissiveness and devotion to her family and husband make her an ideal woman. Adele is extremely sweet, feminine, and fragile. However, Adele Ratignolle's open-minded Creole ways help Edna to unleash her self and her inner artist.

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* ProperLady: Adele Ratignolle'.Adèle Ratignolle. Her submissiveness and devotion to her family and husband make her an ideal woman. Adele Adèle is extremely sweet, feminine, and fragile. However, Adele Adèle Ratignolle's open-minded Creole ways help Edna to unleash her self and her inner artist.



* SexAsRiteOfPassage: Edna's affair with Alcee is part of what finally makes her unwilling to continue the life she has.

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* SexAsRiteOfPassage: Edna's affair with Alcee Alcée is part of what finally makes her unwilling to continue the life she has.
23rd Oct '17 3:14:28 PM CassandraLeo
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* DidYouThinkICantFeel?

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* DidYouThinkICantFeel?DeliberateValuesDissonance: Chopin's wider corpus of work suggests that Edna's lack of awareness of her surroundings is at least partially a consequence of her having been sheltered from the outside world. Servants and others are treated as background characters, but other works in Chopin's corpus tackle issues such as class, race, and miscegenation in manners that could be considered [[FairForItsDay Fair for Their Day]] (particularly given that Chopin had been raised in a slave-owning Confederate household). Chopin's characteristic understatement means that readers unfamiliar with the wider context of her work may read Chopin herself as being indifferent to these characters, when the narrative's lack of focus on them is more likely meant as subtle commentary on how Edna's lack of education renders her imperceptive of her surroundings.
* DidYouThinkICantFeel
23rd Oct '17 2:42:13 PM CassandraLeo
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While the novella did receive some favourable or even rapturous contemporary reviews, it alienated conservative critics at the time and developed a somewhat scandalous reputation. Chopin continued writing until her death some fourteen years later, but sometimes had difficulty finding publishers, and much of her later work was not published until long after her death (bearing particular mention is her short story "The Storm", which is both one of earliest known examples of English-language erotica by a female author and even more subversive in its content than ''The Awakening''). By TheSixties and TheSeventies, her work underwent a re-evaluation courtesy of feminist critics and scholars, and the novella has since been canonised as a masterpiece of American literature and has been in print ever since.

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While the novella did receive some favourable or even rapturous contemporary reviews, it alienated conservative critics at the time and developed a somewhat scandalous reputation. Chopin continued writing until her death some fourteen five years later, but sometimes had difficulty finding publishers, and much of her later work was not published until long after her death (bearing particular mention is her short story "The Storm", which is both one of earliest known examples of English-language erotica by a female author and even more subversive in its content than ''The Awakening''). By TheSixties and TheSeventies, her work underwent a re-evaluation courtesy of feminist critics and scholars, and the novella has since been canonised as a masterpiece of American literature and has been in print ever since.
23rd Oct '17 2:41:37 PM CassandraLeo
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While the novella did receive some favourable or even rapturous contemporary reviews, it alienated conservative critics at the time and developed a somewhat scandalous reputation. Chopin continued writing until her death four years later, but sometimes had difficulty finding publishers, and much of her later work was not published until long after her death (bearing particular mention is her short story "The Storm" which is both one of earliest known examples of English-language erotica by a female author and even more subversive in its content than ''The Awakening''). By TheSixties and TheSeventies, her work underwent a re-evaluation courtesy of feminist critics and scholars, and the novella has since been canonised as a masterpiece of American literature and has been in print ever since.

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While the novella did receive some favourable or even rapturous contemporary reviews, it alienated conservative critics at the time and developed a somewhat scandalous reputation. Chopin continued writing until her death four some fourteen years later, but sometimes had difficulty finding publishers, and much of her later work was not published until long after her death (bearing particular mention is her short story "The Storm" Storm", which is both one of earliest known examples of English-language erotica by a female author and even more subversive in its content than ''The Awakening''). By TheSixties and TheSeventies, her work underwent a re-evaluation courtesy of feminist critics and scholars, and the novella has since been canonised as a masterpiece of American literature and has been in print ever since.
23rd Oct '17 2:40:30 PM CassandraLeo
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While the novella did receive some favourable or even rapturous contemporary reviews, it alienated conservative critics at the time and developed a somewhat scandalous reputation. Chopin continued writing until her death four years later, but sometimes had difficulty finding publishers, and much of her later work was not published until long after her death (bearing particular mention is her short story "The Storm" which is both one of earliest known examples of English-language erotica by a female author and even more subversive in its content than ''The Awakening''). By TheSixties and TheSeventies, her work underwent a re-evaluation courtesy of feminist critics and scholars, and the novella has since been canonised as a masterpiece of American literature and has been in print ever since.
22nd Apr '17 2:08:36 PM Omnicron13
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* ItsAllAboutMe: The perspective of the novel focuses heavily on the viewpoints and dissatisfaction of Edna Pontellier which leaders to her engaging in more than two love affairs out of sheer boredom with her marriage, ignoring her children to pursue artistic pursuits, and eventually ending her out life because she was unwilling to abandon her newfound hedonistic lifestyle. All in all, it makes her come off as considerably conceited.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: The perspective of the novel focuses heavily on the viewpoints and dissatisfaction of Edna Pontellier with her married life which leaders led to her engaging in more than two love affairs out of sheer boredom with her marriage, ignoring her children to pursue artistic pursuits, and eventually ending her out own life because she was unwilling to abandon her newfound hedonistic lifestyle. All in all, it makes her come off as considerably conceited.conceited despite the author trying to make her justifiably sympathetic.
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