An analysis of three short stories written by Kate Chopin, 1914.

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An analysis of three short stories written by Kate Chopin, 1914. Kate Chopin, a pre 1914 author was born in 1850, in Missouri, USA. She was the third child of five for her parents Mr and Mrs O’Flaherty; however she was their only child to live past the age twenty-five. Her upbringing was very unfortunate, when she was only 5 she was sent to a boarding school but returned home on hearing the news that her father had died. She remained home and stayed there for a further two years with her mother and other female relatives. She was once again sent to the catholic boarding school and carried on her education until she graduated, she was well known and won many medals for her academic successes. She grew up surrounded by single independent women and this must have been a huge influence on her life, but in 1863 her grandmother died three days before Christmas, her friend Kitty was also banished from the convent and to make everything much worse her half brother, George died in the war. Critics now believe that this year shaped her and created her strong scepticism of religion. Chopin lived in the time of the American civil war and her mother was a slave holder, I believe this is where she got most of her inspiration from for ‘The father of Dessires Baby’. Her stories concentrate on the lives of women, but the types of women vary from prostitutes to rich and powerful. Kate Chopin lived in a very prejudiced society, specifically involving racism; this was so strong that a mixed race marriage was totally unconceivable. This is evident within ‘The father of Dessires baby’; the character knows that he will lose his respect and dignity if he remained with his wife, however he has no hesitations because he knows ... ... middle of paper ... ...dn’t be integrated into their society. Times have changed since then and people from all cultures live anywhere now. Pre 1914 stories have a point to put across; Kate Chopin’s is that women are as good as men and that they deserve the same rights as them. I believe that she would have taken part in the suffragette movement if she had had a chance to prove her pint. The times in which she lived were very sexist as I have described. There is a large range in the women in her stories from farmer’s wives to rich women. She is trying to say that sexism happens in all types of societies, these women are all put in misery in one point. In “The father of Desiree’s Baby” the women is forced to kill herself, and in “Dr Chevaliers lie” the women gets murdered these things would not happen to men in Kate Chopin’s society as they were too important and looked up to.

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