What is the central question the book raises in The Awakening?

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The Awakening is a book that is similiar to a few other classics which explore gender roles, restrictive societies, and whether one can be happy (such as Madame Bovary and The Dollhouse).  The significant difference here is that this novel was written by a woman, and that alone made it far more controversial by discussing gender role and a woman's sexuality (because confoundedly at the time, while...

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