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'The Awakening' Questions for Study and Discussion

Kate Chopin's Controversial Feminist Novel


The Awakening Kate Chopin

The Awakening

Bedford/St. Martin Books
The Awakening is one of the greatest works by Kate Chopin. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.

The Awakening Questions for Study and Discussion:
  • What is important about the title of The Awakening?

  • What are the conflicts in The Awakening? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this novel?

  • How does Kate Chopin reveal character in The Awakening?

  • What are some themes and symbols in The Awakening? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • Is Edna Pontellier consistent in her actions, in The Awakening? Is she a fully developed character? How? Why?

  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?

  • Does the novel end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • Why is the novel usually considered a work of feminist literature?

  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

  • What is the role of women in the text? How are mothers represented? What about single/independent women?

  • Would you recommend this novel to a friend?

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