The theme of resurrection is one of the most important themes in literature today, due to its famous origin. The first time resurrection is seen in literature is in the Bible, when Jesus resurrects after three days from his tomb. In the story, Mary comes to Jesus’s tomb, where she finds the entrance stone moved to the side and no corpse of Jesus inside anymore. Jesus finally appears behind her, fully alive, explaining her that he rose from death in order to go to heaven. The theme of resurrection is not only seen in literature, but all around us, through holidays and festivals all around the world. One of the most famous resurrection scenes in literature is The Awakening by Kate Chopin. At the end of the novel, the main character Edna walks into the ocean and drowns herself. However, before she does that she takes her bathing suit, which makes her feel like “some newborn creature”. The bathing suit represents her daily life, with all the tension through social expectations. By taking of the bathing suit she strips of all the pressure and is able the get resurrected, ultimately go to heaven and start a new life by ending her old and much hated one. The resurrection of Edna is used by Chopin to represent the social struggle Edna and many other woman have overcome. Chopin is able to artistically include such an influential biblical allusion into her story and through it give the story a mystic and sad, but also logical ending.
Other pieces of literary merit that include the theme of resurrection:
The Scarlett letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain