The Awakening

“The Awakening” the sensuous novel by Kate Chopin was an enjoyable novel. It was interesting to see the development of the main character “Edna” as she becomes more independent. Her actions become increasingly defiant of what is expected from woman during her time. It seemed to me that this was the most interesting aspect of the novel and not so much the developing relationship between Edna and Robert. Edna’s death did not come as a complete surprise to me. The bird in the cage, introduced at the beginning of the novel, represents Edna’s lack of freedom and the independence she gains afterwards is seen as her “awakening”. It is ironic that her awakening would lead her to take her own life, however it may also be seen as a last act of independence, defying expectations.

The novel seems to be supporting women’s right by displaying women’s lack of freedom, of which is restricted by societies expectations. These are all shown through Edna’s thoughts and it is Edna’s development and newly discovered independence that reflects on the progression of women’s rights within society.