The Awakening is a novel based on the life of a suburban woman, who is answerable to her husband for any and everything. Kate Chopin specifically relates to the feeling of being used as a possession (Chopin). A senseless, emotionless possession, which must be answerable to her spouse for any and every decision she makes. Below the various themes of this novel have been dissected in a piece by piece in order to fully analyze Ms. Chopin’s inspirational novel.
In times of old, women were simply thought of as ornamental decorations, which were present at various societal functions to add to the décor and stay out of meaningful conversation. They were made to be treated as possessions and had to conform according to the rules set out for them by their guardians or spouses alike.