Something in the book that I wanted to learn more about was what creole meant and who they were. The term creole has a lot of different meanings but in the case of the novella “The Awakening” Kate Chopin refers to the New Orleans Creole people. These people are a mixture of Spanish and French descent. They were also considered free people of color at a time in the south when slavery was prominent.
According to the context and culture lesson the creole people were at first considered to be only those of French descent and the Spanish was not thought of as anything but adding to the landscape of Louisiana. However, after a while both the French and the Spanish began to make New Orleans their home and naturally over time they would get together and have children and then became a new type of definition for creole people as stated above.
In the story we read that Mrs Pontellier is surrounded by the creole people at the place she is at. It is stated that she is not used to being around them or their culture but it does say that she finds them attractive. It seems to me that Mr. Pontellier is a creole.