While reading The Awakening I
knew I wanted to visit there to see if the magic that
still remains. As Linda McGovern observes on her Literary
about Kate Chopin, The Awakening and
Grand Isle, “Kate Chopin, like Edna, remained true to her ideals. Both went against the
current of the day. Just as Grand Isle is the furthest edge
of land, so too did Chopin and Edna take their position in society.
Grand Isle is a perfect setting of the novel and metaphor for the way Chopin lived her life. She took things to the limit, to
the edge and questioned the unquestionable”
remains a resort town in
Parish, but the resorts are a bit different now. Instead of focusing on family rest and
relaxation, they concentrate on fishing. The bell from
Catholic church at Chénière now hangs at Our Lady of the Isle
Chapel at Grand Isle.
After visiting Grand Isle I can
understand how Chopin was mesmerized by it. I wish I could
have gone during the Gilded Age, when Krantz’s Place was open. I can only imagine the sights and smells of the time. I’m sure it
was much like a Utopia or Shangra-La. We stayed at a Landy
House Bed and Breakfast. It was wonderfully relaxing with
natural beauty surrounding it. I think this natural calmness was one of the things that made Grand Isle memorable to
Chopin and allow Edna her awakening.
Landry House at Grand
The State Park on Grand Isle is a nice, quiet beach to
visit. There is an observation tower with a good
view of the ocean and Grand Terre in the distance.
Even in the spring the trees and flowers were beautiful.