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The Awakening | Study Guide

Kate Chopin

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The Awakening | Characters

Character Description
Edna Pontellier Edna Pontellier is an upper-class woman who awakens to her true self over the course of the novel. Read More
Robert Lebrun Somewhat melodramatic and inclined to take himself too seriously, Robert Lebrun nevertheless captures Edna Pontellier's heart and falls for her in return. Read More
Madame Ratignolle Madame Adèle Ratignolle, Edna's friend, is a model of Victorian womanhood: a self-sacrificing mother and wife who puts her husband and family above all other priorities. Read More
Mademoiselle Reisz A solitary pianist who has eschewed romance for the sake of her art, Mademoiselle Reisz becomes Edna Pontellier's confidante, advisor, and friend. Read More
Léonce Pontellier Léonce Pontellier, Edna Pontellier's husband, is wealthy and successful but lacks any real understanding of Edna. Read More
Alcée Arobin Seductive Alcée Arobin has a sexual affair with Edna Pontellier while Edna's husband, Léonce, is out of town. Read More
Madame Antoine Madame Antoine lives on the island known as the Cheniere, where a group from Grand Isle go to Sunday mass; she allows Edna to nap in her home after Edna feels ill in church.
The Colonel The Colonel is Edna Pontellier's father. He is used to getting his own way and disgruntled by her refusal to come to her sister's wedding.
The Farival twins The Farival twins, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, use their music to entertain, unlike Mademoiselle Reisz, who cares little for being entertaining.
Mr. Gouvernail Mr. Gouvernail is a guest at Edna's birthday dinner party.
Mrs. Highcamp Mrs. Highcamp is a woman in her 40s who is often in the company of Alcée Arobin.
Lady in Black The Lady in Black is a guest on Grand Isle and a silent reminder of what society expects of a widow.
Victor Lebrun Victor Lebrun is Robert's younger, irresponsible brother.
Madame Lebrun Madame Lebrun is Robert's mother and owner of the vacation cottages on Grand Isle.
The lovers The lovers are guests on Grand Isle and exemplify society's expectations of young love.
Doctor Mandelet Doctor Mandelet advises Léonce Pontellier to allow Edna to do as she wishes, even though he comes to suspect she is having an affair.
Mariequita Mariequita is a flirtatious young woman living on Grand Isle.
Miss Mayblunt Miss Mayblunt is a guest at Edna's birthday dinner party.
The Merrimans The Merrimans are guests at Edna's birthday dinner party.
Etienne Pontellier Etienne Pontellier is Edna's four-year-old son.
Raoul Pontellier Raoul Pontellier is Edna's five-year-old son.
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