Reading Questions for The Awakening by Kate Chopin:

  1. To what does Edna awaken?
  2. What might the sea represent in the novel?
  3. What is the nature and/or significance of Edna’s friendships with other women in the novel? 
  4. Who is marginalized or othered in the text and why?
  5. What is the role of music and art in the novel?
  6. Who consumes in the novel? Who produces in the novel? 
  7. How do you interpret the ending of the novel?
  8. What differences/similarities do you notice between The Awakening and “The Story of an Hour”?