Kate Chopin Writing Styles in The Awakening

This Study Guide consists of approximately 42 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Awakening.
This section contains 835 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Awakening Study Guide

Point of View

An objective third person narrates the story of Edna Pontellier and her search for self in The Awakening. The narrator does not criticize or applaud characters for their traits or their actions. Most importantly, the narrator withholds judgement of Edna and the choices she makes.

Setting

The setting contributes to the conflict. The story takes place in the late 1800s. Most of the action is set in the heart of Creole society, New Orleans. The city bustles with social gatherings, business meetings, and the impersonal pace of busy people. However, it is Grand Isle, a resort near New Orleans, that has the most influence on Edna. The Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico offers an intimate and relaxed atmosphere for walks along the beach, leisurely swimming, and moonlit conversations. Edna falls in love on the Grand Isle and changes her life upon return to, and...

(read more from the Style section)

This section contains 835 words
(approx. 3 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Awakening Study Guide
Copyrights
Novels for Students
The Awakening from Novels for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.