Kate Chopin's novel is a probing psychological study of a woman who, oppressed by family life and her romantic difficulties, drowns herself in the ocean. It is also an examination of a particular culture at the end of the 19th century: the aristocratic society of southern Louisiana. Condemned at the time it was written, THE AWAKENING has been valued in later years for its unflinching honesty and ****** frankness.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
Subgenre: General, Love + Relationships + Sex, Family + Friendship, Psychology, Settings, Types of Characters, Human Qualities + Behavior, Conflicts + Dualities, Literary Genres + Types of Novels