Banned or Challenged 20th-Century Classics, Grades 9–12

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Awakening by Kate Chopin is the story of a young wife and mother searching for her own identity during the late 1800s.

When The Awakening was published in 1899, it was criticized for being immoral and scandalous. It has been challenged for its treatment of gender roles and its depiction of female sexuality.

Use this comprehensive teacher's guide to The Awakening to link classic themes from the patriarchal 1800s to modern times. Students will examine how gender issues and themes of motherhood and marriage in The Awakening are still relevant today.

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