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PDF Title: The Awakening
Book File Type: PDF Download / Read Online
PDF Author: Kate Chopin
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1899
Genre: Fiction, Feminist Literature, Realism
Audiobook : Yes
PDF Language: English

The Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. The story is set in the late 19th century and follows the journey of Edna Pontellier, a young wife and mother living in New Orleans, as she navigates the constraints and expectations of her society. The novel explores themes of self-discovery, identity, and the search for personal freedom.

Edna's awakening begins when she falls in love with a young man named Robert Lebrun while vacationing on the Louisiana coast. This experience sets off a chain of events that lead Edna to question her role as a wife, mother, and woman in a repressive society. As she seeks to break free from the confines of her life, Edna faces both internal and external conflicts, ultimately leading to a powerful and poignant conclusion.

The Awakening was initially met with controversy and criticism for its candid portrayal of female sexuality and its critique of societal norms. However, the novel has since been recognized as a classic work of feminist literature and a precursor to the women's rights movement of the 20th century.


"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace."

"She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world."

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