The Awakening is the title of the second and final novel which is called in such a way by Kate Chopin. Doing this, the author wanted not just give an abstract name to her writing, but she also chose a title with the symbolism and special meaning. Titling her writing in such a way, Kate Chopin indicted her opinions and feelings if the Creole society, Edna, her private life and her ultimate decision. The title Awaking also has some symbolic meaning and it shows how Edna defies the constraints of her ordained life and her ultimate decision. The author also uses this title because it symbolizes how the female character defined the constraints of her life as a Creole woman and how she becomes an individual. In other words, the title of the novel written by Kate Chopin symbolizes the theme of this writing.
In the adopted culture of Edna Pontellier, it means the Creole culture; all women have some certain expectations in the society. These women have to be motherly and beautiful. They must be good wives to their husbands. It is written in the novel that the women, who idolized children, worshiped husbands and esteemed this holy privilege for effacing themselves as personalities and grow wings as ministering angels. Of course, everything this is expected of women and it shows their place in the Creole society.
The main character Edna became conscious of the fact that Creole culture is what kept her from doing those things what she really wanted to do. By the way, she wanted to live, to love, to be independent of some rules and cultural traditions and to express herself as an individual. Throughout the novel, Edna is awakening from her naps. She is also awakening to the world that she can’t escape. Kate Chopin writes how Edna wakes up in the morning with the hope that she can change her daily life and live in such a way as she wants. The author gives some examples which demonstrate this situation and intentions of Edna who dreams to get a new life. But it is only through these few naps that the female character defies the constraints of the world in which she lives. Edna’s awakening from her own naps is demonstrated as the symbol of her awakening from her husband and the whole Creole culture as well. Edna’s awakening from her own social constraints isn’t only symbolized by so specific title. The title also conveys the opinion of Kate Chopin about the described society and Edna as well.
The Awakening is the title of the second and final novel which is called in such a way by Kate Chopin. Doing this, the author wanted not just give an abstract name to her writing, but she also chose a title with the symbolism and special meaning.