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When first published in 1899 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


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    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