Saturday, December 25, 2010

A review of The Awakening, by Kate Chopin.

  I have just finished reading this brief novel by Kate Chopin. The original name of the story was "A Solitary Soul", and I'm inclined to say that this would be a better name for it. ( As far as I know, an editor happened to change the name to "The Awakening").
   I confess that the story captivated my attention in such a way that I was not able to put it down till its unpredictable ending. The novel unravels a woman's soul, Mrs Pontellier's, who is going through a dull, colorless marriage. In many ways, she is a very practical woman who plays the role of a happy wife in the eyes of her community. Yet her relationship with her husband is far from perfect, and, at the beginning, we learn how she faces unfair criticism from her husband.
    Mrs Pontellier's characterization is expressed  through  her interesting backstory of past infatuations as well as  the complexity of her emotions, contradictions and inner conflicts that assail her during her current marriage.However, Mrs Pontellier faces the rigidity of her marriage with both grace and confusion.
    She falls prey to the love of  a man-a family friend- and she becomes a slave of those inner feelings that both torment and color her existence, carrying her to a world of dreams where she tries to make sense of life. Mrs Pontellier has a flair for painting, and she takes it up as  a way of expressing herself and connecting to the world from a  refreshed perspective. Mrs Pontellier strives to find herself, and her struggle leads  to many external conflicts in which the pejudices of society are exposed, while her husband does his best to conceal his wife's defiance from the public.
    Kate Chopin's choice of words is exquisite. The descriptions of settings and people are seductive and poetic. Her delicate  style is in itself musical. The story is full of twists, charged with tension and intrigue; the end is unpredictable and displays the core of the story: Mrs Pontellier's solitary soul.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Making projects and dreams come true. On personal growth.

  I have met too many people who long to achieve their dreams, but they are afraid of doing so. The two main reasons for not doing what they dream to do is  that they lack confidence and they do not cultivate discipline.
  Discipline goes hand in hand with continuity and regularity. One way of developing discipline to do something is by setting goals. Writing them down and keeping them handy will help you  redirect your actions. In addition to jotting down the goals, you can list the different ways that can help you accomplish those goals. (If you are clueless on how to attain those goals, keep searching. The internet is the perfect setting for that).
  Lack of confidence is a ghost that haunts many people, including the writer of this article. "I have learned that the best way to overcome it is to enjoy the challenge. Challenge yourself with new creative ideas on how to proceed. In other words, don't succumb to  fears. Just deal with them creatively. Try to rebuild a new perspective to reframe the situation. Be stubborn. Be a gentle mother-or father- to yourself. If your childhood was not instilled with the boost of confidence that was needed, fill yourself with the convictions from and "imaginary mother".
  You are here to achieve anything you want as long as you work hard enough towards your goals.
  Don't panic, don't feel overwhelmed. Start with small easy goals, and then advance into more complicated ones.
  We cannot change the past, but we can build a different future. Ignore the ones who try to thwart your plans or your ideas to do something in a different way. You may also need to take a break from those who think you are weird just because you have another perspective. Follow your heart and your intuition.
   "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it."
 Goethe

Starting today. Who am I?

   I am a writer. I have been working hard in my cocoon for a long time, and  I feel it is the right time  to connect to the world through the art of blogging. I belong to a writing group and I read as much as I can, both classical and contemporary writers.
   I would love to share thoughts on the books I read on a regular basis.
    I hope that, through my regular blogging and networking, I will enrich others and will be enriched by others' ideas, posts and comments.
    I will be writing about creativity, the art of publishing, critiquing, and stories  that come across my life on a regular basis.
     I also believe that our personal choices and words can have an impact on the world we live in, so I will strive to share ideas on how to lead a healthy lifestyle in harmony with nature.
   Thank you for visiting my blog!
   May 2011 bring joy, happiness, health, peace and so much more.