Study Guide

The Awakening Genre

By Kate Chopin


Literary Fiction, Tragedy

Let’s put it this way: Edna doesn’t get a happy ending.

At the closing of the novel, she either drowns from exhaustion or she dies intentionally. As for the whole "literary fiction" component of The Awakening, the entire novel focuses on chronicling Edna’s psychological journey rather than relating exciting plot details. No dragons, no mad scientists, and not an alien life form to be found.