What is Kate Chopin Trying to Say?

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin is perhaps titled the way it is for what Kate hopes to accomplish by writing this controversial novel, an awakening to her readers on the realities of gilded society. The author Kate is a women living in a Victorian society that oppresses her and expects so much of her and as a result has led Kate Chopin to write a fictional tale opposing and reflecting her life and her society. The Awakening is a form of artistic protest that highlights the faulty expectations of Victorian women in addition to expressing what its like for an individual to stand up against the norm. In the time period of the elegant Victorian era the barometers on upper class society were very restricting especially to the likes of a female. Kate Chopin does an outstanding job at making such womanly duties obvious. For instance, in Chapter III, Mr. Pontellier exclaims, “If it was not a mother’s place to look after children, whose on earth was it?” (7). This passage simply puts that a female is expected to care of the children but Kate in this also includes an underlying meaning wh...

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