The Awakening Personal Response

In the literary piece “The Awakening” by author Kate Chopin, we are introduced to enlightenment. When the reader first sees the title, we may believe it is referring to an individual becoming themselves. This although a good ideal, is far from the meaning behind the title. The title refers to one’s growth and understanding of their mistakes.
You see, Edna is a young woman who has lost herself over the years. She has allowed society and her needs to survive to drive her actions and words instead of doing what truly benefits her.

Throughout the story we are introduced to multiple characters who each carry their own burdens in life, whether it be giving up on themselves, losing track of their life, or simply living according to what their elders have instructed.

In the early chapters, we are introduced to a nocturnal beach setting, which one would naturally assume is calming, and a bit nerve-racking. What most do not notice is what the sea truly represents. You see, in the chapters surrounding this setting, there is a lot that Edna goes through about who she is and what she has truly accomplished in life, this also reflects in the sea, due to its broadness and unknown depths carrying beauty and creatures which haunt some. The sea characterises her true feelings and thoughts about herself.

My absolute favourite part of this entire novel, if you may call it that, is the sense of individualism which is reached near the end. Edna matures mentally to a state of independence and self-assertion. This is one of life’s mysteries which many do not accomplish until much later in life.

I really enjoyed this novel, but I would not encourage younger audiences to read it yet, since they are not in a mental space to properly understand the meaning of the novel.

4 thoughts on “The Awakening Personal Response”

  1. I enjoyed reading about your thoughts on this novel. One small formatting thing is that novels, like The Awakening, get italicized instead of put in quotation marks. Quotation marks are usually for shorter works like poems, short stories, etc.

  2. I really enjoyed this response to the novel , I think the part where you talked about the ocean in connection to her emotions and finding herself.

  3. Hey Viji! I enjoyed your blogpost. I do think that the title is relevant since it does involve Edna finding herself and essentially “awakening” herslef from society and realizing her worth. Perhaps you can include evidence from the text next time to further support your points made. Nice work!

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