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by Kate Chopin

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What is the message Kate Chopin is conveying in her novel The Awakening?

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In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, her protagonist, Edna, experiences an increasing awareness that she is not happy, although she is not certain why. When she finally does realize that she does not want to be a wife and mother and wants to explore what she wants as a woman, she must try to figure out how to do that. She has a series of awakenings, ultimately realizing that it would be very difficult--really impossible--to have the life she imagines for herself: an artist, free to roam and pursue whatever she would like, unencumbered. 

The message Chopin tries to convey is that women should explore and discover what they need as individuals to be happy--that they do not have to follow traditional paths, such as wife and mother, to be fulfilled. 

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