Wanton. Shameless. Indecent. The women in the following stories have one thing in common: they each break out of the mold, and follow their own rules, instead of those which are forced upon them. Some are rebelling against their own, self-imposed rules, like Sophy from Sophy-As-She-Might-Have-Been. Others rebel by…
Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating a mixed reaction from contemporary readers and critics.
The novel's blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity makes The Awakening a precursor of American modernist literature.
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