Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Discussion Questions for The Awakening..

Well, with the lack of comments on my review, I am hoping that some at least read a little about it so we can have a discussion. I sense that it wasn't a fan favorite! :)

1. What is important about the title?

2. How does Chopin reveal character in The Awakening?

3. Is Edna consistent in her actions? Is she a fully developed character? How? Why?

4. Would you recommend this novel? Why or why not?

My answers will be in the comments!!! Add any other questions you want to add...

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The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

1. Well obviously, Edna "wakes up" from her pointless highly domesticated life.

2. She flat out says people are this or that. Also through dialogue and through their actions. Like Robert = huge coward.

3. I think Edna was a constantly evolving character. I thinks she was becoming more developed as she was awakening and discovering herself.

4. I'm torn. I would probably just tell people it was okay, but it wasn't really my cup of tea.

Anonymous said...

1. Edna's spiritual awakening to her own wants and needs.
2. While Chopin does state things to be this or that it is what is not said that I find more descriptive.
3. Edna became highly erratic in her behavior as she awakened. She didn't know what to do with herself.
4. I love it and recommend it. Too bad you didn't really care for it, but every classic can't be loved by everyone :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I really did not enjoy this novel. I struggled through it and actually was tempted to throw it in the fireplace at my parents' cabin when I finish reading it today. Ok, I would never do that, but you know what I mean.

I have to say that I agree with you answered to questions 1-3 and I would have to say that I would NOT recommend this book to anyone. I just did not care for it. I had a hard time feeling any sense of pity for her situation. And the ending? Extremely selfish. She had 2 children. Reminded me of the ending of Anna Karenina, which also really bothered me.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Lisa, I agree about being selfish and her children.. She thinks she is doing it for them and the stigma they'd have to deal with if she continued on, but yet they have to deal with the stigma of a mom who killed herself and did not apparently care or love for them.