Title

Kate Chopin's "The Awakening": Testimony to a Perfect Novel

Publication Year

1988

Keywords

Literature, Chopin, novel, literary criticism, character development, contemporary

Disciplines

Comparative Literature | Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Modern Literature

Abstract

Since its rediscovery in the 1960s, critical commentary on Kate Chopin's The Awakening has, for the most part, focused upon the major characters: Edna, Adele, Mademoiselle Reisz, Robert, Arobin, Leonce and upon various images and image patterns: sea, birds, sun, sleep, food, music, night, and even garments. Critics have, however, failed to analyze the patterns of repetition and juxtaposition of those characters, events, and images that seem to make no significant contribution to the movement of the plot, and therefore they fail to recognize the perfection of The Awakening.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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