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When first published in , The Awakening shocked readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity Audiences accustomed to the pieties of late Victorian romantic fiction were taken aback by Chopin s daring portrayal of a woman trapped in a stifling marriage, who seeks and finds passionate physical love outside the confines of her domestic situationAside from its unusually frank treatment of a then controversial subject, the novel is widely admired today for its literary qualities Edmund Wilson characterized it as a work quite uninhibited and beautifully written, which anticipates D H Lawrence in its treatment of infidelity Although the theme of marital infidelity no longer shocks, few novels have plumbed the psychology of a woman involved in an illicit relationship with the perception, artistry, and honesty that Kate Chopin brought to The Awakening If a woman decides out of whim to shun the familial responsibilities of motherhood and wife and become a servant to her passing senses she should be rebuked If a man does it he should be rebuked all the same Any person regardless of gender, age, or social standing who demonstrate such irresponsibility deserves their chastisement I have read a lot of varying responses to this novel and a good deal of them criticizes this book for the selfish irresponsibility of its flawed heroine And make If a woman decides out of whim to shun the familial responsibilities of motherhood and wife and become a servant to her passing senses she should be rebuked If a man does it he should be rebuked all the same Any person regardless of gender, age, or social standing who demonstrate such irresponsibility deserves their chastisement I have read a lot of varying responses to this novel and a good deal of them criticizes this book for the selfish irresponsibility of its flawed heroine And make no mistake I would be the last person to approve of her actions However the gravity that this book carries lies not in the heroine s flawed actions but in her ability to be flawed Written during the backward 19th century society that not only asks but creeds that women should be the perfect embodiment of macho yearning subservient, immaculate, modest, sensitive and to be otherwise was to be unwomanly Kate Chopin presented the then remote possibility that perhaps a woman defines herself rather than is defined by the conventions and social edicts around her.Our heroine, Edna Pontellier, cannot shake this feeling of unease There lies upon her this great premonition that there exists someone inside her that is neither a wife nor a motherShe thought of Leonce and the children They were part of her life But they need not have thought that they could possess her, body and soulAnd so, driven by affection for another man, she walks slowly along the tragic path of her defiance against her husband and the cruel society that she is part of Bolder with each step she takes, she slowly comprehends that her war against the world is not just about which man she chooses to love but about her sense of identity as a woman There lies the devil Edna was condemned for there was no victory at hand for her no matter how she struggled Society did not permit her, a woman, to freely become the person she sought to become a creature of her own volition Yet in the face of certain defeat she displayed courage and will power till she had noneto give, defeated by her timeThe bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth Whither would you soar The 21st century is as unforgiving and treacherous for a woman as centuries past Patriarchy and misogyny, for all the battles won, have found new ways to contain the gifts of womanhood and shackle her thoughts But the wind of progress is blowing stronger than it has ever had Mothers are not just mothers, and wives are muchthan wives There is a clamoring for you to be brave, to lead, to be different, to be flawed Will you soar Why so many ugly one star reviews All about as insightful as the ubiquitous one star reviews of Lolita which call Nabokov the man a child molester, raving morons who can t distinguish a character from an author and go beyond simply missing the point And how ironic that all these reviews seem to be from women raging that this book which they all obviously read for their gender theory class features a character who abandons her children Ugh, women who criticize this as a feminist novel beca Why so many ugly one star reviews All about as insightful as the ubiquitous one star reviews of Lolita which call Nabokov the man a child molester, raving morons who can t distinguish a character from an author and go beyond simply missing the point And how ironic that all these reviews seem to be from women raging that this book which they all obviously read for their gender theory class features a character who abandons her children Ugh, women who criticize this as a feminist novel because the main character isn t a good mom and then base their ratings solely on how much they like the main character Do these people only give high ratings to books with characters they like Do they think women characters in fictional books shouldn t have flaws, ennui, and basically everything that makes a character good They want the character to be human but lack any flaws, they want her to be a feminist hero but denounce her for not putting her children before herself Is it that they would have accepted it in a male character but not from a wife and mother because when I read these reviews that is what it looks like to me Why is she in all those one star reviews held up and judged as a woman and not a human being Is that not the essence of feminism If so these dumb broads are the ones who are anti woman, not Chopin, who wrote this in 1899 for fuck sake The whole point of the book is about her discovering herself as an individual, and that even as an individual we exist in a society and as humans have to balance being an individual with the fact we are social animals Her failure isn t that she abandoned the children but that she abandons herself If this has a failure as a feminist novel it is the formulaic ending where she is punished for her desires I d like to see a story when the woman runs away and is not punished by death, as is the always the ending, now that would be progress Not that it s a great book, my few friends who rated it gave in mostly 3 stars, and that s about right, I m adding an extra star out of spite Also, this is my first book read on my new kindle, so that was pretty exciting Often I have witnessed women, who proceed to talk about misogyny, sexism, or state their views on a piece of feminist literature, starting their discourse with something along the lines ofI m not much of a feministbutAs if it is best to put a considerable distance between themselves and this feared word at the onset and deny any possible links whatsoever As if calling herself a feminist automatically degrades a woman to the position of a venom spewing, uncouth, unfeminine, violent creat Often I have witnessed women, who proceed to talk about misogyny, sexism, or state their views on a piece of feminist literature, starting their discourse with something along the lines ofI m not much of a feministbutAs if it is best to put a considerable distance between themselves and this feared word at the onset and deny any possible links whatsoever As if calling herself a feminist automatically degrades a woman to the position of a venom spewing, uncouth, unfeminine, violent creature from hell whose predilections include despising all males on the planet with a passion and shouting from the rooftops about women s rights at the first opportunity Attention ladies and gentlemen Feminism is not so cool any, at least not in the way it was in the 80s or 90s.Don t ask what set off that particular rant but yes I suppose the numerous 1 star reviews of this one could have been a likely trigger So Edna s story gets a 1 star because she is a selfish bitch who falls in love with another man who is not her husband, doesn t sacrifice her life for her children and feels the stirrings of sexual attraction for someone she doesn t love in a romantic way Edna gets a 1 star because she dares to put herself as an individual first before her gender specific roles as wife and mother But so many other New Adult and erotica novels IF one can be generous enough to call themnovelsfor lack of asuitable alternative term virtually brimming with sexism, misogyny and chock full of all the obnoxious stereotypes that reinforce society s stunted, retrogressive view of the relationship dynamics between a man and woman, get 5 glorious stars from innumerable reviewers majority of whom are women on this site.This makes me lose my faith in humanity and women in particular Edna Pontellier acknowledges her awakening and her urge to break away from compulsions imposed on her by society She embraces her deviance and tries to come to terms with this new knowledge of her own self She desires to go through the entire gamut of human actions and emotions, regardless of how morally ambiguous, unjustified or self centered each one of them maybe And isn t THAT the whole point of this feminism businessFeminism is the radical notion that women are people Rebecca West A woman needs to be recognized and accepted as a human being first imperfect, flawed, egocentric, and possibly even as a bad mother and an irresponsible wife, just like the way society accepts a bad husband as a bad husband, a bad father as a bad father and moves on after uttering a few words of negative criticism Somehow being a bad father is reasonably acceptable, but being a bad mother constitutes a sacrilegious act.Edna s husband is equally responsible for abandoning their children as she is He limits his role as a father to performing minor tasks like buying them bonbons, peanuts and gifts and lecturing his wife on how they should be raised without bothering to shoulder some of her burden As if the task of raising children requires the sole expertise of the mother and the father can nonchalantly evade all responsibility while maintaining a lingering presence in their lives.I have seen readers being empathetic to unfaithful fictional husbands and their existential dilemmas case in point being Tomas and Franz inThe Unbearable Lightness of Beingwhich I am currently reading and even trying to rationalize their incapability of staying in monogamous relationships But oh heaven forbid if it s a woman in the place of a man Women are denied entrance into the world of infidelity or casual sex and in the rare case that they are allowed, they are given labels like slut , whore , tart and so on They need to be absolute models of perfection without fail angelic, compassionate, thoughtful, always subservient, forever ready to be at your service as a good mother and a good wife and languish in a perpetual state of self denial with that forced sweet smile stuck on their faces Double standards much Edna is a little flawed and, hence, very humane Edna is in all of us And her cold refusal to let societal norms decide the course of her life, reduce her to the state of mere mother and wife only makes her brave in my eyes view spoiler Her suicide is but a loudfuck youto the patriarchal system And I can only salute her for her act of defiance hide spoiler SPOILERS in the comments One of the earliest sleep with whoever you want feminist rhetoric books I think much of what feminists fought for and accomplished was vital for protecting women Women have never lived with such freedom I stand behind many of the advances This book, however, as part of the general 60 s feminist philosophy not the major thinking of the early feminists , I believe has had a destructive effect Instead of promoting a philosophy that men should behonest about SPOILERS in the comments One of the earliest sleep with whoever you want feminist rhetoric books I think much of what feminists fought for and accomplished was vital for protecting women Women have never lived with such freedom I stand behind many of the advances This book, however, as part of the general 60 s feminist philosophy not the major thinking of the early feminists , I believe has had a destructive effect Instead of promoting a philosophy that men should behonest about the power of physical relationships which would have helped to correct many of the true problems and thus would have been truly progressive they encourged women to be just as selfish This type of thought has pulled us backwards Their courage faltered when they didn t set the standard that was really needed The havoc wreaked on the souls of human beings, both those involved in sexuality that professes one thing physically but another spiritually selfish sexuality and the children who live in the chaos of these relationships or non relationships is a step back in the progression of the individual who should be moving towards actual love and away from selfishness