Louis, Missouri on February 8,is considered one of the first feminist authors of the 20th century. She is often credited for introducing the modern feminist literary movement. Chopin was following a rather conventional path as a housewife until an unfortunate tragedy-- the untimely death of her husband-- altered the course of her life. She became a talented and prolific short story writer, influenced primarily by the French short story author, Guy de Maupassant.
This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Her mother, Eliza Faris, was his second wife and a well-connected member of the ethnic French community in St.
They were reared Roman Catholic, in the French and Irish traditions. After her father's death inChopin developed a close relationship with her mother, maternal grandmother, and great-grandmother. She also became an avid reader of fairy talespoetry, and religious allegoriesas well as classic and contemporary novels.
She graduated from Sacred Heart Convent in St. Louis, Missouri, on 8 June she married Oscar Chopin and settled with him in his home town of New Orleansan important port.
Chopin had six children between and The family left the city and moved to Cloutierville in south Natchitoches Parish to manage several small plantations and a general store. They became active in the community, and Chopin absorbed much material for her future writing, especially regarding the culture of the Creoles of color of the area.
According to Emily Toth, "for a while the widow Kate ran his [Oscar's] business and flirted outrageously with local men; she even engaged in a relationship with a married farmer. Louis, and Chopin did, aided by her mother's assistance with finances.
Her children gradually settled into life in the bustling city of St. The following year, Chopin's mother died. Her obstetrician and family friend, Dr. Frederick Kolbenheyer, suggested that she start writing, believing that it could be a source of therapeutic healing for her.
He understood also that writing could be a focus for her extraordinary energy, as well as a source of income. She was quite successful and placed many of her publications in literary magazines.
At the time, she was considered only as a regional local color writer, as this was a period of considerable publishing of folk tales, works in dialect, and other elements of Southern folk life.
Chopin's strong literary qualities were overlooked. It generated a significant amount of negative press because its characters, especially the women, behaved in ways that conflicted with current standards of acceptable ladylike behavior. People considered offensive Chopin's treatment of female sexuality, her questions about the virtues of motherhood, and showing occasions of marital infidelity.
It was out of print for several decades, as literary tastes changed. Rediscovered in the s, when there was a wave of new studies and appreciation of women's writings, the novel has since been reprinted and is widely available. It has been critically acclaimed for its writing quality and importance as an early feminist work of the South.
After almost 12 years of publishing and shattered by the lack of acceptance, Chopin, deeply discouraged by the criticism, turned to short story writing. However, she never made much money from her writing, and had to depend on her investments in Louisiana and St.
Louis aided by her inheritance from her mother to support her. Louis, Missouri While visiting the St. Louis World's Fair on August 20,Chopin suffered a brain hemorrhage.
She died two days later, at the age of She was interred in Calvary Cemetery in St. These were sources of insights and observations from which she analyzed and expressed her ideas about late 19th-century Southern American society. She was brought up by women who were primarily ethnic French.
Living in areas influenced by the Louisiana Creole and Cajun cultures after she joined her husband in Louisiana, she based many of her stories and sketches in her life in Louisiana.
They expressed her unusual portrayals for the time of women as individuals with separate wants and needs. I read his stories and marveled at them. Here was life, not fiction; for where were the plots, the old fashioned mechanism and stage trapping that in a vague, unthinkable way I had fancied were essential to the art of story making.
Here was a man who had escaped from tradition and authority, who had entered into himself and looked out upon life through his own being and with his own eyes; and who, in a direct and simple way, told us what he saw She had an ability to perceive life and creatively express it.
She concentrated on women's lives and their continual struggles to create an identity of their own within the Southern society of the late nineteenth century.
For instance, in " The Story of an Hour ," Mrs. Mallard allows herself time to reflect after learning of her husband's death.Desiree's Baby (), and The Storm (), which is a sequel to her story At the 'Cadian Ball (), are also among her most celebrated short stories.
Chopin's writing career began after her husband died on their Louisiana plantation in and she was struggling financially. Women on the Color Line: Evolving Stereotypes and the Writings of George Washington Cable, Grace King, Kate Chopin Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, Boren, Lynda S.
and Sara deSaussure Davis (eds.), Kate Chopin Reconsidered: Beyond the Bayou Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, Jacob Perrotti 1 Ms. Hendra EN Essay “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin are two different .
Kate Chopin’s Themes Scholars and critics have been writing about Kate Chopin’s themes and subjects for over fifty years, and they take varied approaches to her work.
• Many focus on themes related to women’s search for selfhood, for self-discovery or identity. In Kate Chopin’s “The Storm,” we see a multitude of literary themes. The most important among those is her use of local color.
This short story was written in the late nineteenth century at a time when women were to be seen, not heard. Kate Chopin (/ ˈ ʃ oʊ p æ n /; born Katherine O'Flaherty; February 8, – August 22, ), was an American author of short stories and novels based in Louisiana.