The Awakening is a commentary on the restraints faced by women at the turn of the century. The novel is really all about independence and understanding. The peace that is offered in the promise of personal freedom concerning love and all else, shown in this novel, is enticing. Chopin writes about a woman who continues to reject the society around her, a notion too radical for Chopin's peers. Edna Pontellier has the traditional role of
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transformation to advocate individual rights while speaking against the strict notions of Victorian society. The moral of this book can be applied just as much today. There are still aspects of our society that stifle, in respect to women and to others as well. While traveling with Edna through her metamorphosis, the reader realizes the injustices that society does to the individual. This novel leaves the reader seeking self-understanding and wanting to change the world.