Offer a feminist critique of "The Awakening."I have to write a 5 - 6 page essay from the feminist perspective on The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I was thinking of writing it on the awakening itself...

Offer a feminist critique of "The Awakening."

I have to write a 5 - 6 page essay from the feminist perspective on The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I was thinking of writing it on the awakening itself before I even seen that outline but I was unsure if it would fall in a feminist perspective.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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A feminist response to a piece of literature focuses on what is being said (intentionally or implied) about the role of women in society and/or the life in women in the society in which they live.  Every text can be read for a look at this topic!  Clearly, The Awakening is a direct portrayal of women and their lives in a traditional, patriarchal Creole society at the turn of the 20th century.  I think that outline #4 gives you some great ideas to consider in regards to all of the different ways in which Edna awakens, but your feminist essay needs to focus on what these awakenings mean in regard to Edna in particular and women in general.  You must ask yourself, "what is Chopin's point in having all these awakenings?"  "What are her readers supposed to understand about the role or position of women from Edna's awakenings?" If you don't ask and answer these questions your essay will be more of a plot summary and less of an analysis.  By answering those questions, you will have done an interesting feminist analysis of the novel.

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