Writing Assignment 3

Choose one of the following options and write a short essay that offers a spatially-informed interpretation of Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening.

  1. Main characters in The Awakening travel extensively between New Orleans and the Grand Isle, between New Orleans and New York City, and between New Orleans and Mexico. Each journey leads a new development in the plot and Edna Pontellier’s views on femininity and motherhood. Write a short essay discussing how the main characters’ travels in The Awakening contribute to the development of the plot and Edna Pontellier’s “awakening.”
  1. Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot and subject-matter of The Awakening bear an indelible imprint of the economic, racial, and gender conditions of New Orleans and its environs. Write a short essay discussing how the spatial setting of The Awakening contributes to the development of the plot and shapes Edna Pontellier’s struggle with femininity and motherhood.

You can follow the link here and review the story maps created by your classmates. You may find them helpful when you develop your ideas about the essay.

The essay is expected to be 3 pages in length, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and proofread for errors of grammar and spelling. Submit your essay as a Microsoft Word document. Include citations in Chicago/Turabian format. In the opening paragraph of your essay, underline your thesis statement. In all the other paragraphs, except the last paragraph, underline your topic sentence. Essays which do not follow these instructions may be returned for revision.

Important Dates:

  • October 26: First draft due before class. Submit your draft to the online drop box on Moodle by 11 a.m.
  • November 18: Second draft and self-assessment due before class. Submit your draft self-assessment to the online drop box on Moodle by 11 a.m., and bring printed copies of your first and second drafts and your self-assessment to class for peer review. Peer review in class. (No need to submit your second draft to me.)
  • November 30: Final draft and final version of your story map due. Submit the final draft of your essay to the online drop box on Moodle by 11 a.m. After November 7, you may not make any further changes to your story map.