Another story that relates directly to a woman in Chopin’s life is “Anthenaise” which was published in 1895, and the woman the story is related to is her maternal grandmother of the same name. Both of these women, fiction and real, went into terrible marriages with older men that they did not really love. However, they are bound to that marriage no matter how terrible it is by the children that they bear. Although it is not said in the story what becomes of the marriage and Anthenaise, it is known what becomes of the real-life marriage. The couple suffered economically all of their lives, and when the husband does die, he leaves his wife poor and with seven children.
Her time period consisted of other female authors that focused on the same central theme during the era: exposing the unfairness of the patriarchal society, and women’s search for selfhood, and their search for identity. In Chopin’s novel The Awakening, she incorporates the themes mentioned above to illustrate the veracity of life as she understood it. A literary work approached by the feminist critique seeks to raise awareness of the importance and higher qualities of women. Women in literature may uncover their strengths or find their independence, raising their own self recognition. Several critics deem Chopin as one of the leading feminists of her age because she was willing to publish stories that dealt with women becoming self-governing, who stood up for themselves and novels that explored the difficulties that they faced during the time.
Kate Chopin was raised under the influence of strong, independent women who told her to do what she wanted in life and not let anyone get in her way (McMahon). Her grandmother was and independent woman who worked for herself and provided a good example that woman did not need a man to make it in the world. Chopin?s mother taught her from childhood that she should always depend on herself and no one else. Also, Chopin and Pontilier were avid readers of books about everyday women gaining their freedom. Chopin read books such as Little Women, an 1876 novel about the lives of four sisters growing up during the American Civil War and Jane Eyre, an 1874 novel about a small, intelligent, and passionate orphan girl who struggles greatly on her way to freedom and independence .
Eleven days after Mary Shelley’s birth, her mother, the famed author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, succumbed to puerperal fever, leaving her [Mary Shelley’s] father, William Godwin, bereft of his beloved companion. In her honor, Godwin puts together a loving tribute entitled Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, a sensitive and factual account of his deceased wife’s life. 2. The relationship between Mary Shelley and her stepmother was strained. The new Mrs. Godwin provoked Shelley’s ire by encroaching upon her privacy.
After having their first son, William, in 1816, Percy’s legal wife committed suicide giving them the opportunity to legally get married (Gilliland 1). The Godwin and Shelley’s relationship began to get better after the marriage. After the wedding, Percy and Mary moved to Marlow, England and had a daughter, Clara (Means 3). Around 1819 when they moved to Pi... ... middle of paper ... ...oyage to visit a poet with a friend (Mary Shelley 3), his boat sank in 1822.In the same year, Mary had a miscarriage. She had a nervous breakdown because of these tragedies and it filled her life with loneliness (Lombardi 1).
Her feelings of guilt in the wake of these tragedies inspired her to include similar events and outlooks in her character Victor Frankenstein. Biographer Edward Ball recognized this self-faulting nature of Mary Shelley in his essay on her life. He described this disposition in the case of her mother’s passing, writing that, “She was burdened with the suspicion, however irrational, that she was…responsible for her mother’s death” (Ball). Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley’s mother, died from puerperal fever not two weeks after giving birth to her daughter (Ball). Brought up on tales of her mother, whose life ended as a result of her daughter’s birth, Shelley likely developed at a very young age a fear that she was personally at fault for her mother’s passing.
Many works of literature Chopin writes about reflects and even parallels on her life growing up in St. Louis during the Civil War. Many tragic events occurred in her life starting with the death of her father in an unfortunate railroad accident; the only male role model in her life. Thirteen years later, her beloved great-grandmother passes away. She was the only child left as her sisters had all died in infancy. Also, Kitty Garesche, a girl who she went to school with most of her life made the decision to become a nun.
Living the life of a mother and woman during the 19th century angered Chopin, as woman at the time did not have as many rights or as much freedom as men. This lack of rights and freedom was a constant theme in her writings. In 1879, her husband passed away and left Chopin with five kids and a great amount of debt. The next year her mother passed away also and these two deaths greatly devastated Chapin. Chapin took losing the two closest people to her as a sense of freedom though, that other women were not allowed to enjoy at that time in history.
He has been working as a slave along with Sethe and a few others and during those times, he longed for Sethe to be his wife but that opportunity was snatched away by another fellow named Halle. It turned ... ... middle of paper ... ... is traumatized and is unable to recover afterwards. Soon it becomes impossible for her to live and gives up; she dies. Beloved – Beloved is the supernatural spirit that has come back to seek love and attention from her mother. She was the oldest daughter of Sethe but sadly was murdered by Sethe herself and this act was committed by Sethe because she believed she was protecting Beloved from slavery.
Sethe's two older boys, "Howard and Buglar, had run away by the time they were thirteen years old. Soon after the sons have fled, Baby Suggs, Denver's grandmother, dies. The novel centers on Sethe's past, in particular, the death of her first daughter. This event dominates the book and the action of the novel revolves around this terrible incident. In Beloved, Toni Morrison utilizes characteristics of the female gothic novel such as mothering, living within enclosed spaces, and the doubling of characters, coupled with dilemmas involving memory and repression, to address the issue of slavery.