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A photograph of a woman with a parasol taken between 1900 and 1914.

This photograph of a woman holding a book and kneeling by a parasol in the grass was taken between 1900 and 1914. The time period of this photograph and Chopin’s novel saw the emergence of the “New Woman.” The idea of a “New Woman” more at liberty to make her own choices—including choosing the company of others or choosing to be alone—resonates with the themes of The Awakening. In chapter one, Edna appears under a sunshade, or parasol, with Robert LeBrun.