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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2001

    THE AWAKENING AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

    Kate Chopin is definitely best known for enveloping the concepts of women's desires, independence, and control of their lives in her writing. Her masterpiece, 'The Awakening', is one example of how she used these concepts. While this book was condemned during its time, it is a very intrigueing read. 'The Awakening' received condemnation in 1899 because of its sexual openness. It has since been rediscovered and taught in classrooms across America. Chopin's power to almost foresee the future reveals her insight. She knew women were eventually going to realize they deserved equal rights, and she was going to do something to help fight for it, even if it didn't result in immediate recognition or gratification. Chopin wanted women to be heard. Because of her perseverance and confidence, eventually her words were shared. The reader doesn't need to be a feminist to be able to enjoy 'The Awakening'. Indeed, it is centered on the process of a woman freeing herself from her responsibilities in order to focus on what she wants for herself; therefore, this theme can and should be compelling and motivational to both males and females. It is for these reasons 'The Awakening' should be celebrated and appreciated by people of any race, age, gender or background.

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