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... AWAKENING (1899) By Katherine Chopin (1850-1904) PART I: Critical Appreciation by Carole Stone (1986) Carole Stone has critically analyzed thenovel under study by Chopin, where the critic aims to explain the personality traits of the protagonist Edna with a view of her immersion, passion and fascination. Stone compares Edna’s personality with two other characters of the novel i.e. Adèle Ratignolle, a mother-woman, and Madame. Reisz, the pianist. “Adèle embodies female biology, always talking of her condition, for she has a baby about every two years. Adèles opposite, Mme. Reisz, a serious artist, is unmarried. She exemplifies the solitary life of the dedicated artist.” (Stone, 1986) Stone is of the ...