Grand Isle is home to the property of Madame Lebrun, where cottages rest close to the beach. Edna Pontellier and Robert Lebrun when to have a little fun in the water, it also has a place to play Croquet, where Edna's children played while their parents busied themselves with other activity's. Families go their to spend some vacation time and the season is currently summer as Robert mentioned to Edna that he comes there to spend his summer vacation with his mother every time. Mr. Pontellier doesn't stay long due to his business and leaves once and a while to return to his job, but he also likes to bet money or play other games at Klein's.
Kate Chopin is the most notable author associated with Grand Isle as her novel,The Awakening takes place there. Like many New
Orleans Creole families, she visited the resorts on the island as a young mother with her family. For young mothers, like Kate Chopin, Grand Isle was wholesome: no open canals or cisterns or swarming mosquitos threatened children or adults with deadly diseases. No one locked doors. The island was a tropical paradise, with palm trees, vines, orange and lemon trees, acres of yellow chamomile, and no streets – only grassy green or sandy paths. It was seductive to the imagination, too, with tales of shipwrecks and pirate gold from Barataria Bay, the old haunt of the pirate Jean Lafitte.
In 1860 Grand Isle was known as a place that cured nervous conditions and various ailments, attracting the public.
Grand Isle was a prosperous fishing and agricultural center, and it's residents lived in very good conditions at the time.
In the later nineteenth century things for women began to change. No doubt this had something to do with modernity and its intrinsic insistence on change, and no doubt it had something to do with the actions of women themselves, with their desire to break out of the limits imposed on their sex. The nineteenth century therefore apears to have been a turning point in the long history of women.
The Awakening is set in the late nineteenth century on Grand Isle, off the coast of Louisiana, and in the city of New Orleans. It begins on Grand Isle, shifts to New Orleans, and concludes on Grand Isle.
More about the book: http://www.katechopin.org/the-awakening/
The temporal (time) setting is important because of the restrictive society in which Edna lives. Edna’s story wouldn’t make much sense if it took place in a society where divorce is possible, or artistry is supported regardless of gender.
More here: http://www.shmoop.com/the-awakening/setting.html
Grand Isles, Louisiana is no longer what it use to be. On October 1, 1893 a hurricane destroyed this town killing 2000 people, changing it forever. The Grand Isles waters however remained the same. At the end of the day if you watch the sunset by the waters you will see fishing boats returning home and dolphins riding the waves.
First published in 1899, the novel The Awakening, significantly impacts society during the late 1800s and the feminist movement in its infancy. As the Chopin raises the questions of whether women have a place in the world and the essence of the female experience, the change of settings in which the protagonists finds herself throughout the book adds to the search of liberation, significance of oneself, and happiness. Behind her Pontellier mansion, Edna is characterized to feel alone and restricted; this, reflecting how women’s felt during this time. Her vacation in Grand Isle slowly seems to answer her questions throughout her narrative. Difference aspects of this seaside vacation add to the powerful insight and effects on Edna, such as the freedom and escape of society found on the sea, the no societal gossip which allows for her discovery and experiment of the value of her life and romantic life, and the physical isolation of the island surround by water from all sides symbolizing herself as her own island.
Grand Isle, Louisiana was a popular tourist venue, until a devastating hurricane struck in 1893, as previously mentioned. Due to this story taking place just six years later, so it can be assumed that the island was at rebuilding during this time.
The setting is taken place during the late nineteenth century, at the Grand Isles, which is off the coast of Louisiana. Edna's vacation at Grand Isle and the Creole lifestyle is a major key part that helps awaken Edna to the joys of being passionate and open. Her daily swims in the ocean empowers her and awakens her in a physical way. The ocean also teaches her how to gain control of her body and movements. This makes it harder for her to obey when Mr. Pontellier acts as if he possesses Edna's body.
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The book takes place in a coastal area where the (presumed) protagonist goes on daily swims. The ocean can be taken in a metaphorical manner, it is where she escapes and discovers herself. The sea helps empower her by allowing her to see just how free and in control of her body she truly can be in spite of her possessive husband.