The Awakening is a novel by Kate Chopin that was first published in 1899.


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See a complete list of the characters in The Awakening and in-depth analyses of Edna Pontellier, Mademoiselle Reisz, Adèle Ratignolle, and Robert Lebrun.

Literary Devices

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