As I continue to struggle with Kate Chopin's The Awakening, I face the almost impossible task of communicating just how deeply Chopin's work has touched me. Even as I type this, I can't help feeling that there are no words expressive enough to convey what I feel. Perhaps this is due to my own reading strategies and background; perhaps it is a comment on the talent of Kate Chopin. Either way, describing my feelings about her work has become what amounts to a genuine emotional trial for me, forcing me to define just exactly what I saw in the text and making me reveal to myself the feelings I cover up with everyday activities. And not only my own feelings have been revealed. While it is true that focusing on my reactions to Chopin's work has brought to light personal conflicts within myself, I have come to realize that these inner conflicts are also indicative of a broader social conflict in American life.
© 1989 by the Board of Student Publications, University of Northern Iowa
Price, Anthony C.
"The Awakening: Lasting Impressions,"
Draftings In: Vol. 4:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/draftings/vol4/iss1/6