Her mother Eliza, was a member of a very elite social group, in their French-Creole community. After Kate’s father passed away, her mother became much more religious, and develops a closer relationship with Kate. Kate also has an older half-brother, George O’Flaherty. He was a Confederate solider in the Civil War, and in 1863 was captured by the Union forces, and dies of typhoid fever while in prison. Kate spent her childhood in St. Louis Missouri (Hoffman 1).
Chopin died on August 22nd, 1904 from a cerebral hemorrhage, so she never experienced people admiring her novel. It was not until the 1960s when The Awakening was finally recognized and noted for the strong female heroines. Since The Awakening, Chopin was not able to see another one of her works published, but in 1969 her most graphic short story was finally published, “The Storm”. Even though Chopin... ... middle of paper ... ...ey resulted in her suicide leaving the reader with the deciding factor of whether her act was out of courage or selfishness. This illuminates how people will go to any extent to try to prove themselves to their own self.
The new Mrs. Godwin provoked Shelley’s ire by encroaching upon her privacy. In addition, she resented Mary’s passionate affection for her father and was envious of the interest showed by visitors in the two radical thinkers of the day. 3. Death revolved around Mary Shelley’s life. Her first child was born prematurely and survived for only eleven days; her second child died of malaria; the next child succumbed to dysentery after sustaining life for about a year; and her sister Fanny committed suicide.
The union between these two individuals produced six children (five boys and two girls). Oscar was French Catholic, as was Kate. In 1882, Oscar Chopin died of malaria also known at the time as swamp fever. Kate managed her husband's business for approximately a year and then returned to live near her mother in St. Louis. A year after her return, her mother passed away.
She felt that because of the vast amount of controversy and criticism she received because of The Awakening, there was no future for her as an author. Chopin devoted the last few years of her life to her family. Katherine O'Flaherty Chopin died of a cerebral hemorrhage on August 22, 1904 at the age of 53. Many felt that Kate Chopin had been denied the recognition she desperately wanted and richly deserved. As well as The Awakening, other of Chopin's writings are receiving the critical acclaim that they had been neglected.
Their last child was born in 1879. She faced family tragedy in the following years with her husband Oscar dieing in December 1882 due to swamp fever, she moved her family back to St. Louis to be live closer to her mother and begin to write to support herself and her children. Chopin wrote during the Victorian period which based itself on social customs and monetary stature. Her mother then passed away in June 1885. Chopin followed in August 1904 when she passed away due to a brain hemorrhage.
Nine years later the family moved to Cloutierville when the business failed. They managed several plantations and opened a general store. In 1882, Oscar Chopin died. Katherine at this time was the mother of six children. Despite efforts to keep her late husband’s plantations and the general store open, she sold the business and moved back to St. Louis at her mother’s request.
Her great-grandmother, Victoria Verdon oversaw her education and taught her French, music, and the gossip on St. Louis women of the past. Kate O'Flaherty grew up surrounded by smart, independent, single women. Victoria's own mother had been the first woman in St. Louis to obtain legal separation from her husband. She was influenced by her upbringing among these women. This showed up later in her fiction.
She then reentered the Sacred Heart Academy and graduated top of her class (Wyatt). At age twenty, Chopin married Oscar Chopin and they moved down to New Orleans where they raised their seven children until Oscar died of malaria nearly twelve years after they were married. Chopin moved back to St. Louis with her children to live with her mother, until she died a year later, leaving Chopin alone. She died in 1904, only days after visiting the World’s Fair in St. Louis, of a cerebral hemorrhage (Kate Chopin). In effort to support herself and her fami...
Kats father died when she was almost six, after his death her mother took her out of her catholic school she attended to live at home. The widows of her family were a big influence in her writings; they taught her how to be a lady. She later went back to her school were, “the nuns there taught her to live a life of the mind as well as the life at home” (3). All most all of her themes are about women and that is mostly because of her family, like in the book The Storm it’s about, “two lovers infidelity during a thunder storm” (3). All of these reasons are why she writes about women in her themes and they all came from her childhood experiences.