Her full name is Katherine O’Flaherty Chopin, but one source spells her first name with a ‘C’ (Katherine, 1). Her father, Thomas O’Flaherty, was an Irish immigrant who became a successful merchant in St. Louis. Her mother, Eliza Faris O’Flaherty, came from a wealthy aristocratic Creole family (Inge, 2). Kate Chopin was a student at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis. Here she learned the Catholic teachings and great intellectual discipline.
The Life of Kate Chopin Born originally as Katherine O’Flaherty, Kate Chopin came to life on February 8th, 1851 in St. Louis, Missouri to Thomas and Eliza O'Flaherty. The family she was born into was known as one of St. Louis’ wealthiest family’s because of her father’s well-known success as merchant involving the sale of boats and wholesale grocery. In 1855 Thomas O'Flaherty died suddenly from a work-related railroad accident. Kate lacked male role models in her life after her father died. She was raised by three generations of women, including her maternal great-grandmother, Madame Victoria Verdon Charleville, who instructed Kate in music lessons, French lessons, and storytelling.
She grew up among widowed women: her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, for her father had died. All of them were notorious for their intelligence and independence. She was sent to Sacred Heart Academy in St. Louis at age five until her father died. Chopin returned home for two years and then went back to Sacred Heart Academy, where she was also known for her intelligence, for she was at the top of her class. After winning numerous medals, she was elected into Children of Mary Society.
During the Victorian women were sees as slaves to their house hold. Kate Chopin uses the beginning, climax and resolution of the story as a storm. Throughout the story she uses vivid imagery and careful word choices in order to add detail to the dramatic plot of the story. Kate Chopin’s "Storm" represents something much greater than a weather phenomenon but a metaphysical symbol that represents freedom of choice, and women birthright"; Kate Chopin also describes how men are the creators of these storms. A storm defined by the Princeton dictionary means "violent weather condition, or a direct and violent assault " Kate Chopin personifies and creates imagery of a dark ominous storm heading from the distance with an ominous presence and dark intentions.
Gothicism is a sub- genre for many Romantic writers. This genre includes Gothic conventions such as macabre emotions of terror, fear, paranoia, mystery, ancient prophecy, omens and the supernatural(Shodganda, 2014, p. 39). Gothic literature constitutes of horror and romance as a primary theme. The nature of the French Revolution in 1789 encouraged many writers to explore the morbid aspects of Gothic literature. Furthermore, the revolution had a significant impact on Romantic writers because they were concerned with the turbulent effects of the events and its aftermath.
The oldest daughter, Catherine opened the Hartford Female Seminary in Hartford Connecticut to give young women a more improved education. Isabella, the youngest daughter, found the NWSA (National Woman’s Suffrage Association) along with Susan B. Anthony and Cady Stanton in 1869. All seven brothers, James, Thomas, Henry Ward, Edward, William Henry, Charles, and George grown to all be ministers. Harriet, along with the rest of her family, made an extensive impact on the belief of equality at the time where slavery divided our country. In october 1832, when Stowe was 21 years old, she moved with family to Cincinnati.
She is responsible for both the families’ moral and economical wellbeing, and initiates a divorce and an independent life when her husband reveals he has another family. This essay argues that Kate Martinson is atypical, and challenges our original interpretations of a nineteenth century woman. Originally named Kate Emily Anderson , she was born to parents Gabriel A. Anderson and Mary Partridge in Rockford, Illinois on the Sixteenth of October 1858 . Kate moved to Dickinson County, Iowa aged nine accompanied by her parents and her three siblings: Sid, Will and Mate , where she attended Spirit Lake Institution . In Dickinson County she met her first husband George E. Emerson .
Kate Chopin, inspired through her strong-willed widowed mother and grandmother, wrote inspiring stories of female heroines that were rejected by a society unwilling to accept Chopin’s risqué subjects. She was born into an affluent family on February 8th, 1851 in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended convent schools where she was strongly encouraged to pursue her writing career. She spent much of her free time by herself, in her attic, reading vigorously. Her mother and grandmother strongly encouraged her to think for herself and pursue her interests.
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’.
“After the privations of Depressions and disruptions of war, many people craved the emotional reassurance of early marriage and stable family life” (McArthur et al, pg. 139). The Depression was a time period which affected Americans and Mexicans alike. My grandmother remembers a time when, “jobs were scare,” and the population of 400 of rural El Remolino, Juchipila (her hometown) faced grim results in the agriculture industry. In line with rural tradition and the oncoming trend of marrying at a younger age, she married at the age of eighteen.