Personal Respons towards ‘The Awakening’ by Kate Chopin

‘The Awakening’ by Kate Chopin is one of the better books, which we have read so far in English. I enjoyed the book, since Chopin has a similar writing style as Ibsen. I mean that it is more about women and their feelings in the 19th century, when there were certain rules that divided men and women. I find that this topic is a very interesting one and the way Chopin makes Edna break these rules.

 

Another factor is how the Chopin is certain parts more detailed, during Edna’s awakening. This also happens during Edna’s dinner party, when Chopin blends the real world with Edna’s “fantasy world”. This blend is really well done and very interesting, since the scene becomes really big and fantastic, but in reality, it is small and easily decorated.

 

I also like how Chopin uses the images of Venus and Bacchus. The image of Venus is very clear at the end of the book, when Edna is standing naked on the beach.

“…How strange and awful it seemed to stand naked under the sky! how delicious! She felt like some new-born creature, opening its eyes in a familiar world that it had never known…” (175).

This is when Chopin is using the image of Venus in ‘The Awakening”. This is also one interesting part, since Edna is awoken and realizes that the only way to get out of this world is through death.