The Awakening [Kindle ePUB] AUTHOR Kate Chopin
Why so many ugly one star reviews All about as insightful as the ubiuitous one star reviews of Lolita which call Nabokov the man a child molester raving morons who can t distinguish a character from an author and o beyond simply missing the point And how ironic that all these reviews seem to be from women raging that this book which they all obviously read for their ender theory class features a character who abandons her children Ugh women who criticize this as a feminist novel because the main character isn t a ood mom and then base their ratings solely on how much they like the main character Do these people only Gulliveriana 2 De 2 Coleccin Milo Manara 6 give high ratings to books with characters they like Do they think women characters in fictional books shouldn t have flaws ennui and basically everything that makes a characterood They want the character to be human but lack any flaws they want her to be a feminist hero but denounce her for not putting her children before herself Is it that they would have accepted it in a male character but not from a wife and mother because when I read these reviews that is what it looks like to me Why is she in all those one star reviews held up and judged as a woman and not a human being Is that not the essence of feminism If so these dumb broads are the ones who are anti woman not Chopin who wrote this in 1899 for fuck sake The whole point of the book is about her discovering herself as an individual and that even as an individual we exist in a society and as humans have to balance being an individual with the fact we are social animals Her failure isn t that she abandoned the children but that she abandons herself If this has a failure as a feminist novel it is the formulaic ending where she is punished for her desires I d like to see a story when the woman runs away and is not punished by death as is the always the ending now that would be progress Not that it s a The Reluctant President great book my few friends who rated itave in mostly 3 stars and that s about right I m adding an extra star out of spite Also this is my first book read on my new kindle so that was pretty exciting SPOILERS in the commentsOne of the earliest sleep with whoever you want feminist rhetoric books I think much of what feminists fought for and accomplished was vital for protecting women Women have never lived with such freedom I stand behind many of the advances This book however as part of the eneral 60 s feminist philosophynot the major thinking of the early feminists I believe has had a destructive effect Instead of promoting a philosophy that men should be honest about the power of physical relationships which would have helped to correct many of the true problems and thus would have been truly progressive they encourged women to be just as selfish This type of thought has pulled us backwards Their courage faltered when they didn t set the standard that was really needed The havoc wreaked on the souls of human beings both those involved in sexuality that professes one thing physically but another spiritually selfish sexuality and the children who live in the chaos of these relationships or non relationships is a step back in the progression of the individual who should be moving towards actual love and away from selfishness This review is being posted mainly because of the awesome backstory I actually had
"to read this twice in high school and didn t care for it much either timeBut here comes my reat storyWhen "read this twice in high school and didn t care for it much either timeBut here comes my reat storyWhen was a sopho in high school I went out with this was a sopho in high school I went out with this who eventually dumped me and ave the reason that she was only Army Of Darkness going out with me until theuy she really liked showed interest in her A real downerFast forward to senior year I was in theater and I just so happened to do shows at the all How To Use Hostgator And Its Cpanel To Create Your New Website girls school where the aforementionedirl went After a performance I was Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie she came up to me and said that she needed to talk to me and that she was interested in me attending prom with her WHAT I hadn t talked to her in a couple of years my mind was blownI said yes but I was skeptical While at prom she sat me down for the talk She said that she felt terrible for what she did to me She said that while reading The Awakening she started to realize that I was really ood to her and being the place holder for this other uy was not fair to me VINDICATED She wrote an essay about what she had done to me and how the book had opened her eyes an awakening perhaps This essay ended up winning some sort of state wide competition Feeling pretty Hercules great by this pointEpilogueShe came up to me at the end of the prom and asked me if she could leave with anotheruy who she has been kind of interested in for awhile you can t make this stuff up So I ot my vindication but history repeated itself at least I wasn t officially dating her this time Book Review 4 of 5 stars to The Awakening by Kate Chopin I read this book several years ago and wrote a paper on how society treated women during that period in literature I cut and paste some from it below as I think it offers than a normal review on this one Please keep in mind I m referring to women in the 19th century ie the characters from the book not thoughts on women today As for the book it s fantastic love seeing what people thought 150 years ago seeing some things never change and some people are just always wrong And for the record I loved Edna thought she had a right to and should have pushed the envelope uestion Edna Pontelli WOW probably the most beautifully written book i ve ever read plus so much feminis. This carefully crafted ebook THE AWAKENING A Solitary Soul Feminist Classics Series” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contentsThe Awakening originally titled A Solitary Soul is the story of Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn of the Arenina Flaubert writes the pastoral tragedy version in Madame Bovary and Elizabeth Gilbert writes the self involved douche version in Eat Pray Love to name a few But then The Awakening This one is my favorite This is the beautiful oneFor example there is this Do you know Mademoiselle Reisz she asked irrelevantlyThe pianist I know her by sight I ve heard her playShe says ueer things sometimes in a bantering way that you don t notice at the time and you find yourself thinking about afterwardFor instanceWell for instance when I left her to day she put her arms around me and felt my shoulder blades to see if my wings were strong she said The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised exhausted fluttering back to earth All the women in this book are birds clucking hens sheltering their brood decorative birds in cages and Edna rowing wings and trying to fly away I love the image of women as birds because I think it is so vivid in showing a woman s disconnect with society Just the image of a bird in a cage is something out of place confined where it should be free It is unwelcome and unnatural out of the cage but unable to leave The movie Moulin Rouge uses the image too Where Ewan McGreggor s character is the traditional Orpheus whose ift is his song Nicole Kidman s is the woman as a bird Oh we will she says to her own pet bird We will fly fly away from here I don t know where this metaphor originated sirens or how it became what it is in these stories but I think it is poignant view spoilerAnd it is poignant that clearly the only end for a bird escaped from the cage is death A woman defying tradition and prejudice as Mademoiselle Riesz says is unwelcome and must have particularly strong wings to fly away But all of these stories that imagine something beyond tradition have Thelma and Louise endings Women who wake up and realize that they are unwelcome in society as they are who realize they can t pretend to be what society wants any can only conceive of suicide as the alternative And in The Awakening at least Edna s death is not cautionary or punishment It is just the only conceivable alternative in a society that offers nothing for women but marriage Interestingly Eat Pray Love is the only story I can think of on this topic that doesn t end in the woman s death so that is perversely hopeful hide spoiler I d like to ive this book ZERO stars but it s not an option This is hands down the worst book that I ve ever read I will never say that again in a review because this one wins that prizeBIG SPOILER AHEAD Be warnedI had to read this thing twice in college and it is The Awakening Kate ChopinThe Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin first published in 1899 Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn of the century American South It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women s issues without condescension It prefigures the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and echoes the works of contemporaries such as Edith Wharton and Henry James It can also be considered among the first Southern works in a tradition that would culminate with the modern masterpieces of Faulkner Flannery O Connor Eudora Welty Katherine Anne Porter and Tennessee Williams The awakening and other stories Kate Chopin edited by Nina Baym introducton by Kaye Gibbons New York The Modern Library 2000 1379 375 p 2014 1397 210 9786009989133 19 1899 13051399 I uess I can understand why The Awakening is considered so important in the development of the feminist canon At the same time I can understand why it was rejected so adamantly in its own time Chopin is an okay writer Her work however seethes ignorance #Her work was ignored in its time because it really was not worth the recognition Anyway that s my humble and #work was ignored in its time because it really was not worth the recognition Anyway that s my humble and so intellectual opinion The protagonist 29 seems to awaken into an adolescence of sorts in this book In the uise of discovering her sexuality and moving towards some kind of self actualization she does little than become the town trollop while engaging in pseudo intellectual banter and hysterics Yes I said hysterics She addresses such issues as being a prisoner of marriage society social races and motherhood At the same time she never makes the mental baby steps towards a lifestyle that would ive her the power of her own agency She is spoiled coddled and does not have the courage to be a self sufficient person When she decides to rebel she does it by cheating on her husband abandoning her children and responsibilities All the time she is surrounded by servants extravagance and people feeding her distorted sense of entitlement Ultimately she is humiliated when someone with a better sense of reality rejects her advances She is left to build this new life for herself alone Truly alone This tremendous blow leads her to suicide She could not handle
Standing On Her Own on her own feet You can t tell me that Chopin s work is so juvenile and lacking because she was the first She wasn t Not in Creole Louisiana Look at Aphra Behn Mary Wollstonecraft even Mary Shelley That was literature Those were the building blocks of feminist writing Chopin is spoiled confused and completely unaware of how the world around her really works. Hort stories and novels She is now considered by some to have been a forerunner of the feminist authors of the 20th century of Southern or Catholic background such as Zelda Fitzgerald Her major works include two short story collections Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie and novel The Awakening Within a decade of her death Chopin was widely recognized as one of the leading writers of her ti.
Kate Chopin Å 4 charactersM it makes me weak I adore this book and I am Henny Penny going to be buying my own copy soon so that i can reread and reread and reread it until I die Often I have witnessed women who proceed to talk about misogyny sexism or state their views on a piece of feminist literature starting their discourse with something along the lines of I m not much of a feministbut As if it is best to put a considerable distance between themselves and this feared word at the onset and deny any possible links whatsoever As if calling herself a feminist automatically degrades a woman to the position of a venom spewing uncouth unfeminine violent creature from hell whose predilections include despising all males on the planet with a passion and shouting from the rooftops about women s rights at the first opportunity Attention ladies andentlemen Feminism is not so cool any at least not in the way it was in the 80s or 90sDon t ask what set off that particular rant but yes I suppose the numerous 1 star reviews of this one could have been a likely trigger So Edna s story The Forebears Of Kalimeros Alexander Son Of Philip Of Macedon gets a 1 star because she is a selfish bitch who falls in love with another man who is not her husband doesn t sacrifice her life for her children and feels the stirrings of sexual attraction for someone she doesn t love in a romantic way Ednaets a 1 star because she dares to put herself as an individual first before her Twilight gender specific roles as wife and mother But so many other New Adult and erotica novels IF one can beenerous enough to call them novels for lack of a suitable alternative term virtually brimming with sexism misogyny and chock full of all the obnoxious stereotypes that reinforce society s stunted retrogressive view of the relationship dynamics between a man and woman Maana Doesnt Mean Tomorrow get 5lorious stars from innumerable reviewers majority of whom are women on this siteThis makes me lose my faith in humanity and women in particular Edna Pontellier acknowledges her awakening and her urge to break away from compulsions imposed on her by society She embraces her deviance and tries to come to terms with this new knowledge of her own self She desires to The Flowering Of Kew go through the entireamut of human actions and emotions regardless of how morally ambiguous unjustified or self centered each one of them maybe And isn t THAT the whole point of this feminism business Feminism is the radical notion that women are people Rebecca West A woman needs to be recognized and accepted as a human being first imperfect flawed egocentric and possibly even as a bad mother and an irresponsible wife just like the way society accepts a bad husband as a bad husband a bad father as a bad father and moves on after uttering a few words of negative criticism Somehow being a bad father is reasonably acceptable but being a bad mother constitutes a sacrilegious actEdna s husband is eually responsible for abandoning their children as she is He limits his role as a father to performing minor tasks like buying them bonbons peanuts and ifts and lecturing his wife on how they should be raised without bothering to shoulder some of her burden As if the task of raising children reuires the sole expertise of the mother and the father can nonchalantly evade all responsibility while maintaining a lingering presence in their livesI have seen readers being empathetic to unfaithful fictional husbands and their existential dilemmas case in point being Tomas and Franz in The Unbearable Lightness of Being which I am currently reading and even trying to rationalize their incapability of staying in monogamous relationships But oh heaven forbid if it s a woman IN THE PLACE OF A MAN the place of a man are denied entrance into the world of infidelity or casual sex and in the rare case that they are allowed they are iven labels like slut whore tart and so on They need to be absolute models of perfection without fail angelic compassionate thoughtful always subservient forever ready to be at your service as a Passchendaele good mother and aood wife and languish in a perpetual state of self denial with that forced sweet smile stuck on their faces Double standards much Edna is a little flawed and hence very humane Edna is in all of us And her cold refusal to let societal norms decide the course of her life reduce her to the state of mere mother and wife only makes her brave in my eyes view spoilerHer suicide is but a loud fuck you to the patriarchal system And I can only salute her for her act of defiance hide spoiler In a hearing I observed once the husband testified that he had tried to have his wife served with his petition for divorce in the Costco parking lot The wife went running across the parking lot to avoid service and her eight and ten year old kids ran after her dodging traffic and jumping into the wife s car as it screeched out of the parking spot The husband filmed them on his iPhone shouting You ve been served You ve been served The judge commented that it was troubling to watch a video of the kids running through a dangerous parking lot and asked the woman why she ran The woman replied I don t believe in divorce your honor The judge said Well ma am it s not like #the Easter Bunny it exists There is that point in a woman s #Easter Bunny it exists There is that point in a woman s when she wakes up suspecting that the fairy tales she rew up with were
NOT TELLING THE WHOLE STORY THATtelling the whole story that is life beyond the sunset at the end of the movie and that life is not easier than life before the sunset And there are any number of stories in which that anvil falls on a character s head Tolstoy writes the cautionary morality tale version in Anna Entury American South The novel is set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century and it is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism enerating a mixed reaction from contemporary readers and criticsKate Chopin 1850 1904 was an American author of .