The Awakening
The Awakening
by Kate Chopin
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Cigars

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Cigars appear over and over in The Awakening as a symbol of masculinity and traditional manhood. Victorian women were not allowed to smoke at all, and certainly not cigars. Interestingly, Kate Chopin herself defied this restriction by smoking often in public. She was ostracized for her behavior.

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