The Awakening Data Sheet - AP English Literature and Composition Major Works Data Sheet Biographical information about the author Title The Awakening

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AP English Literature and Composition Major Works Data Sheet Title: The Awakening Author: Kate Chopin Date of Publication: 1899 Genre: Realism, Naturalism, Biographical information about the author: Chopin was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1851. She married Oscar Chopin who was a member of a prominent Creole family. She lived in New Orleans with him until he died, then she returned to Missouri as a widow. She began writing after her husband’s death and continued to write until her own death. Her writings appeared in Vogue, Youth’s Companion, Saturday Evening Post, and other publications. Chopin published another novel and two collections of short stories and sketches to accompany her work on The Awakening . She is now considered the forerunner of all feminist authors but back in 1800’s, her topics caused anger among the country and her books were pulled off shelves. The Awakening is her most famous piece and after it was published, Chopin had a hard time getting published again. Chopin died in 1904 of cerebrovascular hemorrhage. Historical information about the period of publication: The publication period was in the Victorian Era, when wealthy America would try and duplicate British style. At this time, the position of women in society was being altered. This was the period of women’s suffrage and women’s right to vote. The Industrial Revolution was also happening during this period. Elsewhere, the Spanish- American war ends and a peace treaty is ratified by Senate and later signed by President McKinley. Later in the year, the Philippine-American War starts. In December of the same year, the 1 st case of the plague is discovered in Oahu, Hawaii. Characteristics of the genre: Realism is when ordinary people suffer the harsh realities of everyday life. Realism first arose in the mid-1800’s to counteract Romanticism. It deals a lot with people in society and social classes. Realists tend to focus on showing us rather than tell us, which is why foreshadow happens in everyday events in realism literature. Naturalism is based on survival of the fittest and usually talks about taboo topics. Naturalism is sometimes pessimistic and has humans being unable to stand up against enormous weight of circumstances. Plot Summary: The beginning of the novel takes place in the summer at Grand Isle. Edna, one of the main characters, is married to Leonce Pontellier who is a businessman and works at the local hotel. Edna becomes very close acquaintances with Madame Adele Ratignolle and Robert. She quickly becomes attached to Robert and her feelings grow for him. They become lovers and this action starts to affect Edna. Leonce recognizes that Edna’s behavior is not the same as the other women as she doesn’t adore her children like they do or honor Leonce the way they do. During a party that Mademoiselle Lebrun hosts, Edna meets Mademoiselle Reisz, who plays music on the piano and amazes Edna. This was different because when she hears the music, no pictures are provoked by the emotions. Instead, she feels the emotion.

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