12 pages (3000 words)
, Download 1
... July Kate Chopin- Naturalist or Feminist? The Awakening, an existential novel about solitude is distinguished from most of such fiction by its female protagonist, Edna Pontellier. As Harold Bloom puts in, “She is an engaging personality, neither very talented nor intellectually curious, and disinterested in Creole or any other domestic habits… here is the awakening of an ordinary woman to love the sensuous world, and her own spirituality” (1). As a woman, she has had so little sense of a self alone that the new-found ‘awakening’ suggests entirely new arenas and modes of activity which leads her into the abyss of solitude. Within this realm of solitude when she understands her failure, she embraces...