The Awakening by Kate Chopin with Jonathon Kendall

Gratitude? Or Fierce Independence?

Kate Chopin's classic, The Awakening, features a character uniquely perched on the fence of personal agency. her main character, Edna, is an early feminist portrayal, living within the deeply patriarchal social institutions of the late 18th Century. Edna has a comfortable life, though she comes to realize how bland it truly is when her marriage is disrupted by an attractive suitor.

Her day-to-day turns into a series of endeavors to achieve her own personal contentment, but she finds this nearly impossible to achieve on account of her familial commitments and the remoteness of her lover, Robert. Ultimately, she finds herself caught between maintaining the semblance of order her previous life offered, and offering gratitude for that simplicity and comfort, or relentlessly seeking purely personal happiness. Jonathon Kendall reveals what we are to take away from Edna's fateful struggle.

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Jonathon Kendall
Jonathon Kendall

Jonathon's specialization is writing and communication in all its forms. As a content specialist, it is his job to: read, understand, summarize, teach, and ultimately add to the information offered in self-development books.

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