Topics for Discussion

1. Research the Creole culture. Explain how Creoles have both Spanish and French ancestry and how that ancestry affects their lifestyle. Describe the culture through the customs and traditions honored by Creole descendants as well as through their routines of daily life.

2. Critics consider The Awakening a study in psychological realism. In an essay, address the following questions: How does Chopin use psychological realism to make her characters believable? Do her characters react in ways that you would expect? Explain.

3. Consider Leonce Pontellier, Robert Lebrun, and Alcee Arobin-the most prominent male characters in The Awakening. How do you see each man as representative of his culture and the times? What are each man’s specific traits? Explain how and why you might relate to each man.