In what respects does Kate Chopin’s fiction typify literary naturalism?
Chopin’s short stories have often been classified as “local color” fiction. Choose several stories from Bayou Folk and cite settings and characters that exemplify local color.
Examine the sensory detail in one Chopin short story or one chapter from a novel and explain how it enhances the effect of the whole.
What were Edna Pontellier’s marital expectations beforehand, and how did they change in the course of The Awakening?
With careful attention to the details in the final chapter of The Awakening, determine whether Edna’s suicide should be interpreted as an act of despair or liberationor should it be regarded in yet another light?