Study Guide

The Awakening Characters

By Kate Chopin

Edna Pontellier

Edna has her hands full looking for love and romance. She’s got a husband and not one, but...

Robert Lebrun

Ah, Robert, you good-looking lover of married women. What do we have to say about you?...

Leonce Pontellier

By the standards of his day, Leonce Pontellier is the perfect husband. This guy makes a good...

Adele Ratignolle

Adele is Edna’s close friend and almost complete opposite. As the supreme example of a...

Mademoiselle Reisz

A pianist of extraordinary skill, Mademoiselle Reisz is an odd duck in society due to her homely...

Alcee Arobin

Mothers, lock up your daughters. Alcee Arobin has a well-deserved playboy reputation, and he...

Doctor Mandelet

Doctor Mandelet is the Pontellier family physician who is surprisingly perceptive as to the real...

The Two Lovers

We see these lovebirds on Grand Isle, but they remain nameless and faceless. The two lovers are...

The Lady in Black

Another vacationer on Grand Isle, the lady in black follows the young lovers around with patient,...