From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Awakening

The Awakening

  

by Kate Chopin

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

The word "sex" is never mentioned in The Awakening except as it refers to gender.

Kate Chopin’s husband died, leaving her in a huge amount of debt (over $200,000 worth) and with several small children. She was a passionate woman and engaged in an affair with a married man before moving to St. Louis to live near her mother. Later she suffered a nervous breakdown and began writing as a way to cope. This led to her career as a writer.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement