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Free Study Guide-The Awakening by Kate Chopin-Free Online Booknotes
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STUDY QUESTIONS

1. Explain the title, The Awakening.

2. How does the Creole setting/temperament function in Chopin's novel?

3. Contrast the characters of Edna and Adèle. What is the greatest difference between them?

4. How and why does Edna begin to change?


5. How are men represented in this novel? What advantages do they enjoy because of their gender? What limitations do they face?

6. How is motherhood portrayed by Chopin? Why is childbirth treated in a separate episode towards the end of the narrative?

7. Explain the function of the sea in this novel. When does Edna learn to swim?

8. How does Edna's background influence her decisions in life?

9. Discuss possible interpretations of the end of the novel.

10. Compare this novel with another nineteenth-century novel that explores the theme of adultery. How is Chopin's work different?



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