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.
She was bilingual and could speak both French and English. Unfortunately, her life was filled with misfortune. Before the age of eighteen, her father had died in a railroad accident, as well as her grandmother, and her half-brother of typhoid fever. By the age of thirty-two she was a mother of six and a widow. After the tragic death of her husband and mother Chopin began to write as a means of income and to fight off depression.
The Awakening: Kate Chopin Kate Chopin was an American author who lived during the nineteenth century, but because of The Awakening, a novel which was considered scandalous at the time, she has just recently been "…accepted into the canon of major American writers"(Trosky 105). Through Kate Chopin’s main character of The Awakening, Edna Pontellier, she is able to portray her feelings and desires that were otherwise suppressed by the ideals of American society at that time. Kate Chopin was born on February 8, 1851 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was brought up in a family that was a member of the prominent French- Creole community. During her childhood she possessed a love for reading.
Kate Chopin’s literary career began to flourish after her husband’s death and her deep intimate thoughts of her social and marital status were revealed in her fictitious works. Her imagination that she had put into her works was perceived to be her own intimate thoughts that she longed to live during her marriage. She had a “pursuit of solitude, independence, and an identity apart from her children—and apart from the men who always admired her.” (Chopin 114) Her beginning literary career quickly prospered yet came to an abrupt ending once her book The Awakening was criticized for its feminist delivery, adultery, immorality, and its attempt to advocate for the repressed women of the 19th century. Today Kate Chopin’s works do not receive such condemnation and are highly conceived as great literary works. Due to Kate Chopin’s life evolving in the 19th century, when women’s place was thought to be in the home, raising children, and putting all their dedication into their husband’s wishes and lifestyle, her work did not receive the desired attention that only came after her death in 1904.
Chopin faced public disgrace after publishing one of her first novels The Awakening. This novel follows closely with her theme in many of her other writings by telling the story of sensitive daring women. What has been officially recognized today as feminist literature, had then been slandered for the outrageous writing. Alas, Chopin never stopped writing. She has written over a hundred short stories.
The Story of an Hour 'The Story of an Hour' is one of Kate Chopin's most famous short stories. There is a great deal of marital instability in the story by Chopin because most of her well-known stories and novels deal with a woman who wishes for freedom or a marriage that is out of balance. In 'The Story of an Hour,' Chopin deals with an ironical twist; it is that the wife in the story, Louise Mallard, does not realize she is displeased with her marriage until she is told that her husband has been killed in a train accident. For an hour, Louise believes her husband's death and sets about planning her future in her mind; when she discovers the rumor of his death is not true, she dies of a heart problem at the end. The common argument in the story is that whether Louise dies of happiness or sadness about her husband's news.
After she graduated at seventeen, she spent the next two years as the “belle of St. Louis society”. Katherine O’Flaherty married Oscar Chopin in 1870 and “for the next decade, [Kate] Chopin pursued the demanding social and domestic schedule of a southern aristocrat, her recollections of which would later serve as material for her short stories” (Bourgoin). She began her writing career soon after because of many family members and friends encouraging her to write professionally due to the entertaining letters they would often receive from her. However, publishers would not publish some of her work until long after Chopin died in 1904. She had two collections of short stories published in her lifetime: Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie.
Kate Chopin is a well-known American author who is known for her novels about women. Kate was born on February 8, 1880 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents were Eliza and Thomas O’Flaherty. When she was twenty-years old she married Oscar Chopin and they had six children, five boys and one girl. After her husband died she starting writing to support her family.