Paired Texts > Excerpts from "The Awakening"
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
In "Our Deportment, or the Manners, Conduct, and Dress of Refined Society," John H. Young explains the rules of etiquette during the early 19th century. In this excerpt, Young explains the proper etiquette for wives and husbands.Pair “Excerpts from 'The Awakening'” with “Our Deportment, or the Matters, Conduct, and Dress of Refined Society” and have students compare the roles of men and women in both texts. Do these gender roles still exist today? If so, in what magnitude?
In "Story of an Hour," a classic short story by Kate Chopin, a woman is overcome by the news of her husband's death.Pair “Excerpts from 'The Awakening'” with “Story of an Hour” and ask students to compare these two texts by the same author. Ask students to analyze the relationships that the main female characters have with their husbands. What similarities and differences exist between how Chopin portrays marriage in these two stories?
In this informational text, how young girls resist oppression in Afghanistan by dressing up as boys, also known as "bacha posh," is explored.Pair “Excerpts from 'The Awakening'” with “Why Afghanistan’s ‘Underground Girls’ Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys” and compare the issue of gender roles as they are explored in each text. How does the oppression in “The Awakening” compare to what is described in “Why Afghanistan’s ‘Underground Girls’ Skirt Tradition to Live as Boys”?
In Kate Chopin's "A Respectable Woman," a woman finds her morals tested when her husband's friend comes to visit.Pair “Excerpts from 'The Awakening'” with “A Respectable Woman” and ask students to discuss the similar themes regarding gender that are explored in both texts. How does Kate Chopin characterize women in these texts? How are their relationships with men similar and different?
In "Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived – But Unreal – Risks?" Tania Lombrozo interviews three researchers on their experiment that explores how people evaluate and respond to the perceived risks that parents expose their children to.Pair “Excerpts from 'The Awakening'” with “Why Do We Judge Parents For Putting Kids At Perceived – But Unreal – Risks?” and ask students to discuss how mothers are held to higher standards than fathers. Why is Mrs. Pontellier considered a neglectful mother in “The Awakening”? Do students think this is a fair assessment of her? Why or why not? How do both texts explore why women are held to different standards than men when it comes to parenting?