Throughout the novella,

1. Throughout the novella, Edna experiences a series of awakenings. Pick a moment where Edna awakens in some way and describe what kind of awakening Edna experiences. How does it change and/or affect her?

2. In tragedy, the main character usually exhibits a tragic flaw (what the Greeks called hamartia). This tragic flaw usually leads to the characters’ undoing and/or death. Macbeth’s tragic flaw is his ambition, while Oedipus’ is his pride. Hamlet’s tragic flaw is his inability to act. If we read The Awakening as a tragedy, what would be Edna’s tragic flaw? Why and how does it lead to her undoing?

Cite specific examples from the novel to support your answer.

 150 to 250 words

The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

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