The awakening narrates the story of Edna Pontellier and the changes that took place in her thinking and lifestyle resulting from a summer romance she experienced. At the beginning of the story, Edna is presented as a young mother of two and as a happy wife to successful businessman in New Orleans. When this family went for a vacation at a seaside resort, Edna was acquainted with Robert Lebrun, a young man who henceforth makes special attention to her. What follows are moonlit walks and intimate conversations with Robert sparking feelings that she had long forgotten. When the vacation is over and she returns to the city, she throws off her trappings to married life, attention of societal expectations, devotion to family and adherence to tradition, to experience her new life of love and sexual fulfillment. Although this plot can be seen as a reality in the modern life, the novel caused stir and huge social commotion by then. It was considered to instill negative influence on the marriage institution. Chopin was even expelled from the local club arts club because she failed to condemn the actions of her character, Edna, in the novel showing that she was in support of such familial revolution.