The Awakening, and Selected Short Stories

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Genres: Banned Books
Language: English
Type: Digital

The Awakening, and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin is a collection of Chopin's work that includes her most famous novel, The Awakening, as well as a selection of her short stories.

The Awakening is a novel about Edna Pontellier, a married woman who begins to explore her sexuality and independence. The novel is set in the late 19th century, a time when women were expected to be submissive and devoted to their husbands and children. Edna, however, is a different kind of woman. She is intelligent, independent, and passionate. She longs for more than the life that society has prescribed for her.

Edna's journey of self-discovery is not an easy one. She faces opposition from her family and friends, and she struggles with her own guilt and shame. However, she is ultimately determined to live her life on her own terms.

The Selected Short Stories in this collection include some of Chopin's most famous works, such as "Désirée's Baby," "The Story of an Hour," and "Ma'ame Pelagie." These stories explore a variety of themes, including female sexuality, gender roles, and the Creole culture of Louisiana.


Kate Chopin's work is significant for a number of reasons. First, she was one of the first American authors to write openly about female sexuality. Her work challenged the traditional view of women as passive and subservient creatures. Second, Chopin's work explored the complexities of female identity. She showed that women were not just mothers and wives, but also individuals with their own desires and needs. Third, Chopin's work celebrated the Creole culture of Louisiana. She wrote about the Creole people with respect and admiration.


The Awakening, and Selected Short Stories by Kate Chopin is an essential collection of work by one of America's most important authors. Chopin's work is still relevant today, and it continues to inspire readers all over the world.


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