scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 522
The Awakening by Kate Chopin tells the story of a woman trying to break free of her unsatisfying lifestyle Several of the characters in the novel are confronted with change or new ideas as a result Chopin creates several moral decisions for the reader to experience also Marriage infidelity and sexual passion are all themes presented in Chopins novel Marriage is a theme throughout the novel Edna Pontellier and her husband are not the ideal image of happiness or marriage Edna is unhappy with her normal life and with her marriage She often recalls in her mind the men of her past She wonders if she would have been happier if she had married someone else Chopin more than implies that Edna is not content in her marriage Edna more than once goes outside of her marriage to find love and understanding In opposition Leonce Pontellier is quite oblivious of his marriage He acts as if the relationship between he and his wife is normal He does however wish that Edna were more caring with their children He goes about his work and sees no problem with Edna until she starts to have a life of her own Only then is he concerned not for her but for what society may think of him Mr Pontelliers idea of a wife is a woman that stays loyal to her husband keeps his house in order and takes care of his children Infidelity is also a major theme throughout the novel Edna feels suffocated in her marriage to Leonce She begins a friendship with Robert Lebrun in the beginning of the novel He flirts with Edna and gives her the attention that her husband does not In early twentieth-century fiction or life this type of behavior is not acceptable Edna is willing to risk her reputation and the reputation of her family to carry out an affair with Robert After his departure Edna still
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA